March 31, 2017: OFAC adds to DPRK sanctions, removes counter narcotics listings, plus a few changes

On Friday, OFAC added the following persons: 

CHOE, Chun Yong (a.k.a. CH’OE, Ch’un-yo’ng), Moscow, Russia; nationality Korea, North; Gender Male; Passport 654410078 (Korea, North); Ilsim International Bank representative (individual) [DPRK3] (Linked To: ILSIM INTERNATIONAL BANK). 
 
HAN, Jang Su (a.k.a. HAN, Chang-su), Moscow, Russia; DOB 08 Nov 1969; POB Pyongyang; nationality Korea, North; Gender Male; Passport 745420176 expires 19 Oct 2020; Foreign Trade Bank chief representative (individual) [NPWMD]. 
 
JANG, Sung Nam, Dalian, China; DOB 14 Jul 1970; Gender Male; Passport 563120368 (Korea, North) issued 22 Mar 2013 expires 22 Mar 2018; Chief of the Tangun Trading Corporation branch in Dalian, China (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: KOREA TANGUN TRADING CORPORATION). 
 
JO, Chol Song (a.k.a. CHO, Ch’o’l-so’ng), Dandong, China; DOB 25 Sep 1984; nationality Korea, North; Gender Male; Passport 654320502 expires 16 Sep 2019; Korea Kwangson Banking Corporation Deputy Representative (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: KOREA KWANGSON BANKING CORP). 
 
KANG, Chol Su, Linjiang, China; DOB 13 Feb 1969; Passport 472234895 (Korea, North); Korea Ryonbong General Corporation Official (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: KOREA RYONBONG GENERAL CORPORATION). 
 
KIM, Mun Chol (a.k.a. KIM, Mun-ch’o’l), Dandong, China; DOB 25 Mar 1957; nationality Korea, North; Korea United Development Bank representative (individual) [DPRK3] (Linked To: KOREA UNITED DEVELOPMENT BANK). 
 
KIM, Nam Ung, Moscow, Russia; nationality Korea, North; Passport 654110043 (Korea, North); Ilsim International Bank representative (individual) [DPRK3] (Linked To: ILSIM INTERNATIONAL BANK). 
 
KIM, Tong-ho, Vietnam; DOB 18 Aug 1969; nationality Korea, North; Gender Male; Passport 745310111 (Korea, North); Tanchon Commercial Bank representative (individual) [DPRK3]. 
 
KIM, Yong Su (a.k.a. KIM, Yo’ng-su), Vietnam; DOB 09 Feb 1969; nationality Korea, North; Gender Male; Passport 654435458 expires 26 Nov 2019; Chief Representative of the Marine Transport Office in Vietnam (individual) [DPRK2]. 
 
PAK, Il-Kyu (a.k.a. PAK, Il-Gyu), Shenyang, China; Gender Male; Passport 563120235; Korea Ryonbong General Corporation Official (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: KOREA PUGANG TRADING CORPORATION). 
 
RI, Su Yong, Cuba; DOB 25 Jun 1968; nationality Korea, North; Gender Male; Passport 654310175; Korea Ryonbong General Corporation Official (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: KOREA RYONBONG GENERAL CORPORATION).

and entity: 

PAEKSOL TRADING CORPORATION (a.k.a. BAEKSOL TRADING; a.k.a. BAEKSUL TRADING; a.k.a. KOREA PAEK SOL TRADING; a.k.a. PAEK SOL TRADING CORPORATION; a.k.a. PAEKSO’L CORPORATION; a.k.a. PAEKSO’L TRADING CORPORATION), Korea, North [DPRK3].

to its North Korean sanctions.

Additionally, they removed the following counter narcotics listings:

NEGOCIOS LOS SAUCES LTDA. Y CIA. S.C.S. (f.k.a. INMOBILIARIA SAMARIA LTDA.), Calle 13A 64-50 F102, Cali, Colombia; Carrera 4 12-41 of. 1501, Edificio Seguros Bolivar, Cali, Colombia; Calle 13 3-32 piso 13, Cali, Colombia; Calle 18, No. 106-96 of. 201/202, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 890937859-0 (Colombia) [SDNT]. 
 
INMOBILIARIA SAMARIA LTDA. (a.k.a. NEGOCIOS LOS SAUCES LTDA. Y CIA. S.C.S.), Calle 13A 64-50 F102, Cali, Colombia; Carrera 4 12-41 of. 1501, Edificio Seguros Bolivar, Cali, Colombia; Calle 13 3-32 piso 13, Cali, Colombia; Calle 18, No. 106-96 of. 201/202, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 890937859-0 (Colombia) [SDNT]. 
 
NEGOCIOS LOS SAUCES LTDA., Carrera 4 No. 4-21 of. 1501, Edificio Seguros Bolivar, Cali, Colombia; Apartado Aereo 10077, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 890328835-1 (Colombia) [SDNT]. 
 
SANTACRUZ CASTRO, Ana Milena, c/o SOCIEDAD CONSTRUCTORA LA CASCADA S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o COMERCIALIZACION Y FINANCIACION DE AUTOMOTORES S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES INTEGRAL LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o MIRALUNA LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o URBANIZACIONES Y CONSTRUCCIONES LTDA., DE CALI, Cali, Colombia; DOB 31 Mar 1965; Cedula No. 31929808 (Colombia); Passport 31929808 (Colombia); alt. Passport AB151189 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]. 
 
CASTRO DE SANTACRUZ, Amparo, c/o INMOBILIARIA SAMARIA LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o SAMARIA LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES SANTA LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o COMERCIALIZACION Y FINANCIACION DE AUTOMOTORES S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES INTEGRAL LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o MIRALUNA LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o URBANIZACIONES Y CONSTRUCCIONES LTDA., DE CALI, Cali, Colombia; DOB 13 Jan 1948; alt. DOB 13 Jan 1946; alt. DOB 14 Apr 1959; Cedula No. 38983611 (Colombia); Passport PE027370 (Colombia); alt. Passport AA429676 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]. 
 
GALLEGO SOSSA, Rosa Esperanza, Calle 24AN  No. 42BN-61, Cali, Colombia; c/o CONCRETOS CALI S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o CONSTRUCTORA DIMISA LTDA., Cali, Colombia; DOB 01 May 1963; Cedula No. 43059188 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]. 
 
COMERCIALIZACION Y FINANCIACION DE AUTOMOTORES S.A. (a.k.a. COMFIAUTOS S.A.), Carrera 4 No. 11-33 of. 303, Cali, Colombia; Avenida 2N No. 7N-55 of. 609, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 800086115-1 (Colombia) [SDNT]. 
 
COMFIAUTOS S.A. (a.k.a. COMERCIALIZACION Y FINANCIACION DE AUTOMOTORES S.A.), Carrera 4 No. 11-33 of. 303, Cali, Colombia; Avenida 2N No. 7N-55 of. 609, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 800086115-1 (Colombia) [SDNT]. 
 
INVERSIONES INTEGRAL LTDA., Carrera 4 No. 12-41 of. 1403, 1501 Edificio Seguros Bolivar, Cali, Colombia; Apartado Aereo 10077, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 800092770-9 (Colombia) [SDNT]. 
 
MIRALUNA LTDA. (f.k.a. EL PASO LTDA.), Carrera 4 No. 12-41 of. 1403, 1501, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 890328836-9(Colombia) [SDNT]. 
 
EL PASO LTDA. (a.k.a. MIRALUNA LTDA.), Carrera 4 No. 12-41 of. 1403, 1501, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 890328836-9(Colombia) [SDNT]. 
 
URBANIZACIONES Y CONSTRUCCIONES LTDA. DE CALI (f.k.a. URBANIZACIONES Y CONSTRUCCIONES LTDA.), Carrera 4 No. 12-41 of. 1403, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 890306569-2 (Colombia) [SDNT]. 
 
URBANIZACIONES Y CONSTRUCCIONES LTDA. (a.k.a. URBANIZACIONES Y CONSTRUCCIONES LTDA. DE CALI), Carrera 4 No. 12-41 of. 1403, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 890306569-2 (Colombia) [SDNT]. 
 
GRAJALES LEMOS, Aida Salome, Calle 14 No. 13-03, La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o AGRONILO S.A., Toro, Valle, Colombia; c/o ALMACAES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o CRETA S.A., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o CASA GRAJALES S.A., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o GAD S.A., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o GRAJALES S.A., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o HOTEL LOS VINEDOS, La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o MACEDONIA LTDA., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o RAMAL S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o SALIM S.A., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o FRUTAS DE LA COSTA S.A., Malambo, Atlantico, Colombia; c/o TARRITOS S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o FUNDACION CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION HORTIFRUTICOLA DE COLOMBIA, La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o JEHOVA LTDA., Tulua, Valle, Colombia; DOB 13 Dec 1970; POB La Union, Valle, Colombia; Cedula No. 39789871 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]. 
 
POSSO DE GRAJALES, Elba Myriam, c/o CASA GRAJALES S.A., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o FREXCO S.A., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o GRAJALES S.A., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o IBADAN LTDA., Tulua, Valle, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES AGUILA LTDA., La Union, Valle, Colombia; Cedula No. 29611241 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]. 
 
QUINTANA FUERTES, Andres Fernando; DOB 03 Jul 1966; POB Candelaria, Valle, Colombia; nationality Colombia; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 16989000 (Colombia); Passport AI375038 (Colombia); alt. Passport 16989000 (Colombia) expires 13 Dec 2000 (individual) [SDNT] (Linked To: TARRITOS S.A.). 
 
GIL GARZON, Marco Antonio, c/o CONSTRUCTORA AMERICA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 25 May 1947; POB Toca, Boyaca, Colombia; Cedula No. 17176949 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]. 
 
CONTRERAS SANCHEZ, Diego; DOB 19 Apr 1985; POB Jalisco, Mexico; R.F.C. COSD850419T13 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. COSD850419HJCNNG02 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RESTAURANT BAR LOS ANDARIEGOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: BOCADOS DE AUTOR, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
CONTRERAS SANCHEZ, Maria Aurora, Av. Hidalgo No. 2433, Colonia Vallarta Norte, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; 3888 Paseo de los Parques, Colonia Colinas de San Javier, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 25 Oct 1979; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; R.F.C. COSA791025645 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: INMOBILIARIA CORSANCH, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
ROSALES MORFIN, Eva Luz, 3888 Calle Paseo de los Parques, La Colonia Colinas de San Javier, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 11 Apr 1968; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Passport G01626402 (Mexico); R.F.C. ROME6804111R9 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: INMOBILIARIA CORSANCH, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
DELAROSA RAMOS, Jibran (a.k.a. DE LA ROSA RAMOS, Jibran); DOB 10 Mar 1984; POB Juan Galindo, Mexico; Passport G01255779 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: NETLLUX MOVIL S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
DE LA ROSA RAMOS, Jibran (a.k.a. DELAROSA RAMOS, Jibran); DOB 10 Mar 1984; POB Juan Galindo, Mexico; Passport G01255779 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: NETLLUX MOVIL S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
NETLLUX MOVIL S.A. DE C.V., Boulevard Hermanos Serdan No. 45 Penthouse, Colonia Amor, Puebla CP. 72140, Mexico [SDNTK]. 
 
LE MALL-SAIDA (a.k.a. LE MALL SAIDA), Saida, Al Janub, Lebanon [SDNTK] (Linked To: MERHI, Merhi Ali Abou; Linked To: ABOU MERHI GROUP). 
 
LE MALL SAIDA (a.k.a. LE MALL-SAIDA), Saida, Al Janub, Lebanon [SDNTK] (Linked To: MERHI, Merhi Ali Abou; Linked To: ABOU MERHI GROUP).

And they also modified the following:

KORYO CREDIT DEVELOPMENT BANK (a.k.a. KORYO GLOBAL CREDIT BANK; a.k.a. KORYO GLOBAL TRUST BANK), Yanggakdo International Hotel, RYUS, Pyongyang, Korea, North; SWIFT/BIC KGCBKPPY; all offices worldwide [DPRK3]. -to- KORYO CREDIT DEVELOPMENT BANK (a.k.a. DAESONG CREDIT DEVELOPMENT BANK; a.k.a. KORYO GLOBAL CREDIT BANK; a.k.a. KORYO GLOBAL TRUST BANK), Yanggakdo International Hotel, RYUS, Pyongyang, Korea, North; SWIFT/BIC KGCBKPPY; all offices worldwide [DPRK3]. 
 
MERHI, Merhi Ali Abou (a.k.a. ABOU MERHI, Merhi; a.k.a. MERHI, Merhi Abou); DOB 05 Jul 1964; POB Hilalie, Lebanon; citizen Lebanon; Passport RL0575682 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: ABOU MERHI GROUP; Linked To: ABOU-MERHI LINES SAL; Linked To: ABOU-MERHI CRUISES SAL; Linked To: LE MALL-SAIDA; Linked To: QUEEN STATIONS; Linked To: ORIENT QUEEN HOMES; Linked To: ABOU MERHI COTONOU; Linked To: ABOU MERHI NIGERIA; Linked To: ABOU MERHI HAMBURG; Linked To: LEBANON CENTER; Linked To: ABOU MERHI CHARITY INSTITUTION). -to- MERHI, Merhi Ali Abou (a.k.a. ABOU MERHI, Merhi; a.k.a. MERHI, Merhi Abou); DOB 05 Jul 1964; POB Hilalie, Lebanon; citizen Lebanon; Passport RL0575682 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: ABOU MERHI GROUP; Linked To: ABOU-MERHI LINES SAL; Linked To: ABOU-MERHI CRUISES SAL; Linked To: QUEEN STATIONS; Linked To: ORIENT QUEEN HOMES; Linked To: ABOU MERHI COTONOU; Linked To: ABOU MERHI NIGERIA; Linked To: ABOU MERHI HAMBURG; Linked To: LEBANON CENTER; Linked To: ABOU MERHI CHARITY INSTITUTION).

Treasury also issued the following press release:

 

 

Action targets North Korean representatives in third countries and a coal company 
 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated one entity and 11 individuals in response to North Korea’s ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and continued violations of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs).  Today’s action targets North Korean nationals working as agents of the regime in Russia, China, Vietnam, and Cuba to provide financial support or WMD procurement services for UN- or U.S.-designated sanctioned entities.  As a result of today’s action, any property or interests in property of the designated persons in the possession or control of U.S. persons or within the United States must be blocked, and U.S. persons are prohibited from dealing with any of the designated parties.
 
“Today’s sanctions are aimed at disrupting the networks and methods that the Government of North Korea employs to fund its unlawful nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs,” said Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin.  “These sanctions underscore this Administration’s commitment to countering the threat to the United States, to our allies, and to stability on the Korean peninsula and in the wider Asia Pacific region posed by the Kim regime in Pyongyang, and I urge our partners and allies to take similar measures to cut off its funding.”
 
The designations were made pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets WMD proliferators and their supporters; E.O. 13687, which targets the Government of North Korea, the Workers’ Party of Korea, and their supporters; and E.O. 13722, which targets, in part, North Korea’s trade in coal, as well as its transportation and financial services industries. 
Representatives of WMD-related entities
 
OFAC designated Kang Chol Su, Pak Il Gyu, and Ri Su Yong for their ties to the UN- and U.S.-designated Korea Ryonbong General Corporation (Ryonbong).  Kang and Pak are Ryonbong officials in Linjiang and Shenyang, China, respectively; Ri is a Ryonbong official in Cuba.  Ryonbong specializes in acquisition for North Korean defense industries and support to Pyongyang’s military-related sales.  Its procurements also probably support North Korea’s chemical weapons program.
 
OFAC designated Jang Sung Nam for acting on behalf of the UN- and U.S.-designated Tangun Trading Corporation.  Jang is the chief of Tangun’s branch in Dalian, China.  Tangun was designated in 2009 for its involvement in North Korea’s WMD and missile programs.  It is subordinate to North Korea’s Second Academy of Natural Sciences and is primarily responsible for the procurement of commodities and technologies to support North Korea’s defense research and development programs.
 
Financial Representatives
 
OFAC designated Han Jang Su pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting for or on behalf of Foreign Trade Bank, North Korea’s primary foreign exchange bank, which OFAC previously designated in 2013.  Han is the Foreign Trade Bank chief representative in Moscow, and he has also worked with U.S.-designated Tempbank.
 
OFAC designated Jo Chol Song pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting for or on behalf of the UN- and U.S.-designated Korea Kwangson Banking Corporation (KKBC).  Jo is the KKBC deputy representative in Dandong, China, and he has also worked with the Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea’s primary intelligence organization, on financial transfers.
 
OFAC designated Kim Tong Ho, Kim Mun Chol, Kim Nam Ung, and Choe Chun Yong pursuant to E.O. 13722.  Kim Tong Ho is the Vietnam representative for the UN- and U.S.-sanctioned Tanchon Commercial Bank, the main North Korean financial entity for weapons and missile-related sales.  Kim Mun Chol is the Korea United Development Bank representative in Dandong, China.  Kim Nam Ung and Choe Chun Yong represent Ilsim International Bank in Moscow, Russia.  Both Korea United Development Bank and Ilsim International Bank were designated by OFAC in 2016 for operating in the financial services industry in the North Korean economy.  Both are also listed at the UN, which has stated Ilsim International Bank is affiliated with the North Korean military and has a close relationship with KKBC.
 
Government and Coal
 
OFAC designated North Korea-based Paeksol Trading Corporation (Paeksol) for having sold, supplied, transferred, or purchased metal or coal from North Korea, where the revenue may have benefited the Government of North Korea or the Workers’ Party of Korea.  It has been reported that the mission of Paeksol was to export iron ore to China to earn money for the Reconnaissance General Bureau.  Dalian, China-based Paeksol representatives reportedly utilized a series of front companies to assist with North Korean coal transactions.  Paeksol may also be affiliated the North Korean military and the UN- and U.S.-sanctioned Office 39 and Munitions Industry Department.
 
OFAC designated Kim Yong Su for being an official of the Government of North Korea. Kim is a shipping representative for the North Korean-controlled Marine Transport Office in Vietnam, where he attempted to establish a routine cargo shipping route between North Korea and Vietnam.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

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