Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators [NPWMD] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013
OFAC - Office of Foreign Assets Control
OFAC – Office of Foreign Assets Control
(Source: Treasury.gov)

Today, OFAC has added [NPWMD] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [NPWMD] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN List list:

CHANG, Tony (a.k.a. CHANG, Wen-Fu; a.k.a. ZHANG, Wen-Fu); DOB 01 Apr 1965; nationality Taiwan; Passport 211606395 (Taiwan) (individual) [NPWMD].

CHANG, Wen-Fu (a.k.a. CHANG, Tony; a.k.a. ZHANG, Wen-Fu); DOB 01 Apr 1965; nationality Taiwan; Passport 211606395 (Taiwan) (individual) [NPWMD].

FENG SHENG CO., LTD. (a.k.a. TRANS MULTI MECHANICS CO. LTD.), 19, Chin Ho Lane, Chung Cheng Rd., Taya District, Taichung City, Taiwan; No 19, Jinhe Lane, Zhongzheng Road, Daya District, Taichung City, Taiwan [NPWMD].

TRANS MULTI MECHANICS CO. LTD. (a.k.a. FENG SHENG CO., LTD.), 19, Chin Ho Lane Chung Cheng Rd., Taya District, Taichung City, Taiwan; No 19, Jinhe Lane, Zhongzheng Road, Daya District, Taichung City, Taiwan [NPWMD].

ZHANG, Wen-Fu (a.k.a. CHANG, Tony; a.k.a. CHANG, Wen-Fu); DOB 01 Apr 1965; nationality Taiwan; Passport 211606395 (Taiwan) (individual) [NPWMD].”

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Treasury Sanctions Taiwan Proliferators Linked to North Korea

5/10/2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated one Taiwan entity and one Taiwan individual pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, an authority aimed at freezing the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their supporters. Trans Multi Mechanics Co. Ltd. and Chang Wen-Fu were designated for their links to a North Korean procurement agent, Alex H.T. Tsai. Alex Tsai and his son, Yueh-Hsun Tsai, were recently arrested in Estonia and the United States, respectively, and each was charged in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, pursuant to criminal complaints unsealed on May 1, 2013, with conspiring to defraud the United States in its enforcement of laws and regulations prohibiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

“It is essential that we continue to make it as difficult as possible for North Korea to facilitate its nuclear and ballistic missile programs by exposing key cogs in North Korea’s procurement network,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We will continue to work with our partners in Federal law enforcement and our friends around the world to expose anyone assisting the North Korean government’s illicit procurement activities.”

Alex Tsai was designated by the Treasury Department on January 16, 2009 for providing support to North Korea’s premier arms dealer, Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID), which was listed in the Annex to E.O. 13382 and designated at the United Nations in April 2009. Tsai’s wife, Lu-chi Su, and two companies Tsai controlled, Global Interface Company and Trans Merits Co. Ltd. were also designated by Treasury in January 2009.

Chang Wen-Fu has been identified as the CEO and general manager of Trans Multi Mechanics Co. Ltd. and has been actively involved in the procurement of dual-use machinery for North Korea. Alex Tsai has used Trans Multi Mechanics Co. Ltd. to procure and ship hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment to North Korea and to negotiate contracts on behalf of North Korean parties.

Trans Multi Mechanics Co. Ltd. was further alleged to have been involved in some of the purchases which resulted in the charges against Alex Tsai and his son. Based on the Tsai family’s support for KOMID, these actions are consistent with U.S. implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2094, which requires Member States to sanction any individual or entity acting for or on behalf of a UN-designated individual or entity.

U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the entities listed today, and any assets those entities may have subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

Identifying information:

Name: Trans Multi Mechanics Co. Ltd.

AKA: Feng Sheng Co., Ltd.

Location: 19, Chin Ho Lane, Chung Cheng Rd., Taya District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Alt. Location: No 19, Jinhe Lane, Zhongzheng Road, Daya District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Name: Chang Wen-Fu

AKA: Tony Chang

AKA: Zhang Wen-Fu

DOB: April 01, 1965

Nationality/Passport Issuing Authority: Taiwan

Passport Number: 211606395 (Taiwan)”

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Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators [NPWMD] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012

Today, OFAC has added [NPWMD] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [NPWMD] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN list:

SIIB (a.k.a. SYRIA INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC BANK; a.k.a. SYRIAN INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC BANK), Syria International Islamic Building , Main Highway Road, Al Mazzeh Area, P.O. Box 35494, Damascus , Syria; PO Box 35494, Mezza’h Vellat Sharqia’h, beside the Saudi Arabia Consulate , Damascus , Syria; SWIFT/BIC SIIB SY DA; all offices worldwide [NPWMD]

SYRIA INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC BANK (a.k.a. SIIB; a.k.a. SYRIAN INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC BANK), Syria International Islamic Building , Main Highway Road, Al Mazzeh Area, P.O. Box 35494, Damascus , Syria; PO Box 35494, Mezza’h Vellat Sharqia’h, beside the Saudi Arabia Consulate , Damascus , Syria; SWIFT/BIC SIIB SY DA; all offices worldwide [NPWMD]

SYRIAN INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC BANK (a.k.a. SIIB; a.k.a. SYRIA INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC BANK), Syria International Islamic Building , Main Highway Road, Al Mazzeh Area, P.O. Box 35494, Damascus , Syria; PO Box 35494, Mezza’h Vellat Sharqia’h, beside the Saudi Arabia Consulate , Damascus , Syria; SWIFT/BIC SIIB SY DA; all offices worldwide [NPWMD]

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TREASURY SANCTIONS SYRIA INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC BANK

5/30/2012

Treasury Takes New Action to Isolate the Assad Regime from the
International Financial System

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated the Syria International Islamic Bank (SIIB) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 for acting for or on behalf of the Commercial Bank of Syria and providing services to the Syrian Lebanese Commercial Bank, both of which are subject to U.S. and international sanctions. SIIB has acted as a front for the Commercial Bank of Syria, which has allowed that ban – Syria’s largest commercial bank – to circumvent sanctions against it by the United States, the European Union and the Arab League.

“Today’s action will add to the economic pressure on the Assad regime by closing off a key evasion route. The Treasury Department, working with others around the world who share our goal of ending the brutal repression of the Syrian people, will continue to close off the Assad regime’s access to the international financial system,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.

SIIB was established in Damascus in September 2007 and has 20 branches and three representative offices throughout Syria. From 2011 to 2012, SIIB surreptitiously facilitated financing worth almost $150 million on behalf of the Commercial Bank of Syria. Financial arrangements that were purportedly made by SIIB were actually made by the Commercial Bank of Syria. In addition to working with the Commercial Bank of Syria to circumvent sanctions, in 2012, SIIB facilitated several substantial payments for the Syrian Lebanese Commercial Bank, and facilitated a payment from this designated bank to an entity of proliferation concern.

The Treasury Department designated the Commercial Bank of Syria and its subsidiary, Syrian Lebanese Commercial Bank, under E.O. 13382 on August 10, 2011, based on the Commercial Bank of Syria’s support to entities related to Syrian and North Korean proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. To view the August 2011 designation click here.

The Treasury Department is working closely with partners in the international community to isolate the Assad regime from the international financial system.

With respect to today’s action, the U.S. Government consulted with the Government of Qatar on the designation of SIIB under E.O. 13382, and the Government of Qatar is taking corresponding actions. We commend the Government of Qatar for its important regional and international role in maintaining economic pressure on the Assad regime. Today’s action does not target the Qatari investors who hold investments in SIIB.

Moreover, on June 6, Treasury will host in Washington the second meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People International Working Group on Sanctions. The meeting, which the United States will co-chair with the governments of Turkey and Qatar, will focus on ways to further strengthen international sanctions against the Syrian regime.

Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, signed on June 28, 2005, is an authority aimed at freezing the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters, and at isolating them from the U.S. financial and commercial systems. Designations under E.O. 13382 generally prohibit transactions between the designees and any U.S. person, and freeze any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction. Section 1(a)(iii) of E.O. 13382 provides for the designation of persons who have provided, or attempted to provide, financial, material, technological, or other support for, or goods or services in support of persons blocked under the Order. Section 1(a)(iv) of E.O. 13382 provides for the designation of persons which are owned or controlled by, or acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, of persons blocked under the Order.

Identifier:

Entity: Syria International Islamic Bank
AKA: Syrian International Islamic Bank
AKA: SIIB
Location: Syria International Islamic Bank Building, Main Highway Road
Al Mazzeh Area, P.O. Box 35494, Damascus, Syria
Alt. Location: PO Box 35494, Mezza’h Vellat Sharqia’h, beside the Consulate of Saudi Arabia Damascus, Syria”

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