Treasury Designates Entities Linked to Iran's Weapons Program
WASHINGTON th The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated four companies and one individual pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their supporters.
(Media-Newswire.com) - WASHINGTON Ė The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated four companies and one individual pursuant to Executive Order ( E.O. ) 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction ( WMD ) and their supporters. The SAD Import Export Company, Chemical Industries and Development of Materials Group, and Marine Industries Organization were designated for their ties to Iranís Defense Industries Organization ( DIO ) or Iranís Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics ( MODAFL ). Mustafa Esbati, the director of Marine Industries Organization, was also designated today. In addition, Doostan International Company was designated for its support to Iranís Aerospace Industries Organization ( AIO ) which was identified as a WMD proliferator by the President in the Annex to E.O. 13382. The United Nations Sanctions Committee also designated the SAD Import Export Company yesterday under the U.N. asset freeze authority of Security Council Resolution 1737 dealing with Iran.
DIO has been linked by the IAEA ( International Atomic Energy Agency ) to Iranís centrifuge production and was previously designated in March 2007 pursuant to E.O. 13382 for its involvement in the Iranian nuclear program. DIO is also identified in the Annex to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1737. In addition to its involvement in Iranís WMD program, DIO has been used by the Iranian government to assist the Asad regimeís violent crackdown in Syria. SAD Import Export Company shipped weapons to the Syrian Armed Forces, on behalf of DIO. These shipments were designed to assist the Syrian governmentís production of mortars and missiles, which have been used against the civilian population of Syria.
ďWe will continue to expose the companies and individuals involved in Iranís illicit weapons program,Ē said Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. ďWe will also continue to work to hold Iran accountable for its failure to meet its international non-proliferation obligations and to expose its support of the Asad regimeís violence.Ē
These designations generally prohibit transactions between the named entities and any U.S. person, and freeze any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction. The designations of these entities and individual under E.O. 13382 also carry consequences under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 ( CISADA ). As of todayís actions, foreign financial institutions that facilitate significant transactions or provide significant financial services for the sanctioned entities and individual can face the loss of their access to the U.S. financial system.
SAD Import Export Company
SAD Import Export Company was designated pursuant E.O. 13382 for acting on behalf of DIO.
In addition to shipping arms to the Syrian armed forces in 2011, SAD Import Export sent aluminum and other goods, on behalf of DIO, to Syriaís Mechanical Construction Factory, a front company for the Scientific Studies and Research Center ( SSRC ). The goods were part of a larger contract between DIO and other Syriaís Industrial Establishment for Defense to provide fuel, fuses, charges, aluminum, and other goods necessary for the production of full mortar projectiles to Syria. In 2010, SAD Import Export Company shipped materials and equipment to Syriaís Mechanical Construction Factory for the ultimate benefit of the SSRC, on behalf of DIO. These goods were likely used in the manufacture of solid propellant for rockets and missiles.
The SSRC was listed in the Annex to E.O. 13382 in June 2005 for its ties to Syriaís WMD proliferation activities. The SSRC is the Syrian government agency responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons and the missiles to deliver them. The SSRC also has a public civilian research function; however, its activities focus on the development of biological weapons, chemical weapons, and missiles.
Marine Industries Organization
Marine Industries Organization was designated pursuant to E.O. 13882 because it is owned or controlled by Iranís Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics ( MODAFL ).
MODAFL was designated under E.O. 13382 on October 25, 2007 for its WMD proliferation-related activities. Marine Industries Organization is responsible for marine military acquisitions for Iranís Navy, as well as MODAFL and Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps ( IRGC ).
Mustafa Esbati was designated pursuant to E.O. 13882 because he acts on behalf of Marine Industries Organization, by virtue of his position as the Director of Marine Industries Organization.
Chemical Industries and Development of Materials Group
Iranís Chemical Industries and Development of Materials Group ( CIDMG ) was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because it is owned or controlled by DIO. CIDMG is one of the major industries overseen by DIO. CIDMG produces military and civil chemical products and materials for the production of powders, propellant charges, and mine explosive materials.
Doostan International Company
Doostan International Company was designated pursuant to E.O. 13882 for providing services to Iranís Aerospace Industries Organization ( AIO ). AIO is the Iranian organization that oversees all of Iranís missile industries, including those involved in Iranís ballistic missile program, and was listed in the Annex to E.O. 13382.
Entity: SAD Import Export Company
Location: Haftom Tir Square, South Mofteh Ave., P.O. Box 1584864813, Tehran, Iran
Entity: Marine Industries Organization ( MIO )
Location: PO Box 19585/777, Tehran, Iran
Individual: Mostafa Esbati
DOB: 17 July 1961
Passport Number: D9004869
Entity: Chemical Industries & Development of Materials Group ( CIDMG )
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