U.S. Imposes New Sanctions On Iran Proliferators, Companies Linked To Regime

July 17, 2012

RTT News on July 12, 2012 released the following:

“(RTTNews) – The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday it is sanctioning a number of companies and individuals tied to weapons proliferation in Iran or circumvention of existing sanctions on the Iranian regime.

“Iran today is under intense, multilateral sanctions pressure, and we will continue to ratchet up the pressure so long as Iran refuses to address the international community’s well-founded concerns about its nuclear program,” Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said in a press release.

He added, “Today’s actions are our next step on that path, taking direct aim at disrupting Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs as well as its deceptive efforts to use front companies to sell and move its oil.”

Today’s new sanctions came in two parts: 1) placing sanctions on 15 entities or individuals involved in supporting Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and 2) publicly sanctioning over 25 companies and individuals as Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) who have repeatedly acted to circumvent current sanctions on the Iranian regime.

Both sets of sanctions block all U.S. persons and companies from engaging in any transactions with the designated entities and individuals.

Most of the entities designated under the first set of sanctions (E.O. 13382) are tied to Iran’s Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) and its subsidiary Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO).

Under executive order 13382, which is “aimed at freezing the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters and isolating them financially,” Treasury can prohibit all transactions between the designees and any U.S. person and freeze any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction, according to the State Department.

Electronic Components Industries Co. (ECI) and Information Systems Iran (ISIRAN), one of the largest and most experienced information technology companies in Iran, and Daniel Frosch, an Austrian exporter currently living in Dubai, were both designated under E.O. 13382. Frosch had previously been under investigation by Austria for exporting components that could be used in nuclear weapons to Iran.

The second set of sanctions, pursuant under E.O. 13599 or the SDN List, targets “individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, targeted countries. It also lists individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific,” according to Treasury.

Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA (Switzerland), Hong Kong Intertrade Company, Noor Energy Ltd, (Malaysia) and Petro Energy Intertrade Company (Dubai) were all added to the SDN List today “because they are owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the Government of Iran,” Treasury said.

Twenty Iranian financial institutions were also designated as SDN as well as 58 National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) vessels, the NITC itself and 27 of its affiliated entities.

Pundits have argued over the efficiency of the U.S. government’s two-track approach to Iran – on the one hand, pressuring the regime with sanctions and on the other, urging them to discuss their nuclear program during meetings with the international community.

However, recent leaks from Iran showing state-owned news agencies being discouraged from reporting the effects of sanctions could show the steps are having an impact.

“Our country is not in a position to allow the media to publish news or analysis which is not compatible with the regime’s and national interests,” Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance chief Mohammad Hosseini recently told local media site dolat.ir in uncharacteristically candid terms.

He added, “The situation regarding sanctions and other pressures, especially in economy … requires more cooperation by the media so the country is not hurt.”

The next round of working-level meetings between Iran and the P5+1, the international group charged with discussing the Iranian nuclear program, will take place in Istanbul on July 24th.

by RTT Staff Writer”

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Targeting Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide

October 14, 2011

U.S. Department of the Treasury on October 14, 2011 released the following:

“By: David S. Cohen 10/14/2011

This week, Treasury took two major actions targeting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps- Qods Force (Qods Force), a special unit within the IRGC that the Government of Iran uses to provide support to terrorist and extremist organizations and operations around the world.

In response to the Qods Force plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States while he was here in Washington, Treasury moved swiftly on Tuesday to impose sanctions against five individuals connected to the plot, including four senior Qods Force officers.

And the very next day, we took additional action against the Qods Force by applying sanctions against Mahan Air, the second largest commercial Iranian airline, for secretly ferrying Qods Force operatives, weapons and funds on its flights, including facilitating the covert travel of suspected Qods Force officers into and out of Iraq.

This week’s revelation about the international, state-sponsored murder-for-hire plot, the $100,000 down payment coming into the United States from a non-Iranian foreign bank, and the Qods Force’s use of the second largest Iranian commercial airline to further its terrorist activities confirms our longstanding concerns that the Qods Force abuses Iranian commercial and financial resources to facilitate its terrorist activities, and those that continue to do business with Iran face serious risks of becoming involved in the IRGC’s illicit actions.

Treasury first targeted the Qods Force in 2007 for its activities in support of terrorism around the world, and has taken action against the Qods Force many times since. This week was no different – our actions are part of an ongoing strategy to pressure the Government of Iran for its failure to live up to its international obligations and expose the individuals and entities involved in Iran’s illicit activities.

As we look for more ways to increase this pressure, we will – both unilaterally and multilaterally, in close coordination with our partners and allies around the world – continue to target the IRGC, the Qods Force, its front companies and resources, and the Qods Force in an effort to isolate them from the international financial and commercial systems.

David S. Cohen is Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.”

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Taking Cue from Treasury’s Sanctions, World’s Largest Container Shipping Firm Ends Business with Sanctioned Iranian Entity

July 12, 2011

U.S. Department of the Treasury on July 8, 2011 released the following:

“By: David S. Cohen

Last week, Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping firm, became the latest company to publicly announce that it is restricting its business with Iran in response to U.S. and international sanctions.

Maersk was responding to Treasury’s June 23 designation of Tidewater Middle East Co., a port operating company owned by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that has been used for illicit IRGC shipments. Less than a week after we exposed Tidewater’s links to Iran’s proliferation activities, Maersk announced that it will no longer accept business to and from three Iranian ports where Tidewater operates: Bandar Abbas, Bandar Khomeini and Asaluyeh.

Treasury welcomes Maersk’s decision to avoid the risk of doing business with this known IRGC-owned entity. The private sector has a natural business incentive to avoid the reputational risk of dealing with entities involved in Iran’s illicit activities. Other firms involved in the international shipping industry should follow Maersk’s lead.

We designed the Tidewater action to further expose the IRGC’s central role in Iranian illicit conduct and its growing control over Iran’s legitimate economy – and also to identify entities that are closely linked to the IRGC so that the international community can take steps to protect against the risk of doing business with the IRGC.

The private sector continues to play a critical role in ensuring that our sanctions have the appropriate targeted effect on those in the Iranian government that are perpetrating illicit conduct. Some of Iran’s most dangerous cargo continues to come and go in and out of Iran’s ports, and Maersk’s decision to restrict its business with Tidewater, rather than risk facilitating Iran’s illicit activities, underscores the critical role that the private sector plays in amplifying the effect of U.S. and international sanctions.

As the Government of Iran has increasingly turned to the IRGC for key economic projects, Iran’s leadership has forced commercial entities that care about their international reputation to look exceedingly carefully at any business that could expose them to transactions with Iran’s illicit actors. We expect that other firms around the world will follow Maersk’s lead in minimizing or eliminating their involvement with any entity known to be tied to the IRGC.

David S. Cohen is Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.”

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