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As promised, more Iranian SDNs…

Today, OFAC added the following people (apparently government officials, since E.O. 13876 is mentioned):

ABDOLLAHI, Ali (a.k.a. ABDOLLAHI ALIABADI, Ali), Iran; DOB 1959; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male (individual) [IRAN-EO13876]. 

ASHTIANI, Mohammad-Reza (a.k.a. ASHTIANI, Mohammed Reza Gharayi), Iran; DOB 1960; alt. DOB 1961; POB Tehran, Iran; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male (individual) [IRAN-EO13876]. 

QOMI, Mohsen, Iran; DOB 1960; POB Mamazand, Varamin, Tehran, Iran; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male (individual) [IRAN-EO13876].

REZA’I, Mohsen (a.k.a. REZAEI, Mohsen; a.k.a. REZAI, Mohsen), Iran; DOB 1954; POB Masjed-e Soleyman, Iran; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male (individual) [IRAN-EO13876]. 

SHAMKHANI, Ali, Iran; DOB 29 Sep 1955; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Admiral (individual) [IRAN-EO13876].

SOLEIMANI, Gholamreza (a.k.a. SOLEIMANI, Gholam Reza; a.k.a. SOLEYMANI, Gholam Reza), Iran; DOB 1964; alt. DOB 1965; POB Iran; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male (individual) [IRAN-EO13876].

entities (under E.O. 13871, somehow connected to the metals industries):

ALMAHDI ALUMINUM CO. (a.k.a. AL MAHDI ALUMINUM COMPANY), 1st Floor, No. 12, Bibie Shahrbanoei Ally., West Saeb Tabrizi St., North Sheikh Bahaei St., Molla Sadra St., Vanak Sq., Tehran, Iran; 18th Km., Shahid Rajaee Quay Road, Bandar Abbas, Iran; Website http://almahdi.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN-EO13871].

ARFA IRON AND STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. ARFA IRON & STEEL COMPANY; a.k.a. ARFA STEEL), No. 4, 4th Floor, Iraj Allay, Nelson Mandela (Africa) Street, Tehran, Iran; 25 km into the Ardakan-Nain Road, Ardakan, Iran; Website http://www.arfasteel.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 242295 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

CHADORMALU MINING & INDUSTRIAL COMPANY (a.k.a. CHADORMALU MINING & INDUSTRIAL CO.; a.k.a. CHADORMALU MINING & INDUSTRIAL PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY; a.k.a. CHADORMALU MINING AND INDUSTRIAL CO.; a.k.a. CHADORMALU MINING AND INDUSTRIAL COMPANY; a.k.a. CHADORMALU MINING AND INDUSTRIAL PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY), 56, Vali-e-Asr Street, Opposite the Prayer, Esfandyar Boulevard, Tehran 1968653647, Iran; Website http://www.chadormalu.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 145857 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

ESFAHAN STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. “ECSO”), End of Zob Ahan Highway- Esfahan Steel Company 8593111111, Iran; Townhid building, end of Zob Ahan Highway No. 178, Saadi Boulevard, The Steel Highway, Esfahan 81756-14461, Iran; PO Box 81756-14461, No. 178 Saadi Boulevard, Esfahan, Iran; Website http://www.esfahansteel.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 25230 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

GOLGOHAR MINING AND INDUSTRIAL COMPANY, No. 273, Dr. Fatemi Ave., Tehran 1414618551, Iran; 55 km, Shiraz Road, Sirjan, Kerman, Iran; PO Box 178185-111, Sirjan, Kerman, Iran; Website http://www.geg.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN-EO13871].

HONGYUAN MARINE CO LTD (a.k.a. HONGYUAN MARINE CO LTD HONG UNION), Room 905, China Hong Centre, 717, Zhongxing Lu, Jiangdong Qu, Ningbo, Zhejiang 315040, China; R1003-1008, Heyuan Enterprise Square, 2993 Gonghexin Rd, Shanghai 315040, China; Website http://www.hong-union.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Identification Number IMO 5163651 [IRAN-EO13871].

HORMOZGAN STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. “HOSCO”), Shahid Rejaei Port Road KM 13, Bandar Abbas, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN-EO13871].

IRAN ALLOY STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. “IASCO”), No. 51 Mashahir Ave., Ghaem Magham Farhani St., Karimkhan St., Tehran, Iran; Azadegan Blvd., Martyr Dehghan Manshadi Blvd., Km 24, IASCO Road, Yazd, Iran; Website http://www.iasco.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 2220 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

IRAN ALUMINUM COMPANY (a.k.a. IRAN ALUMINIUM COMPANY; a.k.a. IRANIAN ALUMINUM COMPANY; a.k.a. IRAN’S ALUMINUM COMPANY; a.k.a. “IRALCO”), No. 49 Mullah Sadra Street, Vanaq Square, After Kurdistan Crossroads, Tehran, Iran; P.O. Box 3, Arak, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration ID 2600 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

IRANIAN GHADIR IRON & STEEL CO. (a.k.a. IRANIAN GHADIR IRON AND STEEL CO.; a.k.a. “IGISCO”), 25th Km. Aradakan, Naein Road, Yazd, Iran; No. 1 34th Alley, Valiasr St., After Saei Park, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.igisco.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN-EO13871].

KHALAGH TADBIR PARS CO., No. 18, Azadegan Alley, Qaem Maqam-e-Farahani St., Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN-EO13871].

KHORASAN STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. KHORASAN STEEL COMPLEX JOINT STOCK COMPANY), PO Box 91735-866, 27, Felestine Boulevard, Mashhad, Iran; Website http://www.khorasansteel.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 6581 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

KHOUZESTAN STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. KHUZESTAN STEEL COMPANY), 10th Km. of Ahwaz-Bahdar Imam Khomeini Road, Ahwaz, Iran; PO Box 1378, Ahvaz, Khuzestan 61788-13111, Iran; Website http://www.ksc.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 3199 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

NATIONAL IRANIAN COPPER INDUSTRIES COMPANY (a.k.a. NATIONAL IRANIAN COPPER INDUSTRIES PUBLIC JOINT STOCK; a.k.a. “NICICO”), Next to Saei Park, Block No. 2161, Vali Asr Avenue, Tehran, Iran; PO Box 15115-416, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.nicico.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 15957 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

OXIN STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. KHOUZESTAN OXIN STEEL COMPANY; a.k.a. KHOZESTAN OXIN STEEL COMPANY; a.k.a. KHUZESTAN OXIN STEEL COMPANY), Bandar Imam Khomeini (Blk) Road, 10 KM, Ahvaz 61788-13111, Iran; Website http://www.oxinsteel.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 248247 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

PAMCHEL TRADING BEIJING CO. LTD. (a.k.a. PAMCHEL ASIA CO., LTD; a.k.a. PAMCHEL ASIA STEEL GROUP COMPANY LIMITED), Room 328 Building 28, No. 17 Jianguomenwal Street Chaoyang District, Beijing, China; Rm. 503, Building No. 4, Xiandaicheng District, Beijing, China; Flat/Rm A, 9/F Silvercorp International Tower, 707-713 Nathan Road, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN-EO13871] (Linked To: KHALAGH TADBIR PARS CO.).

POWER ANCHOR LIMITED, Mahe, Seychelles; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN-EO13871] (Linked To: PAMCHEL TRADING BEIJING CO. LTD.).

REPUTABLE TRADING SOURCE LLC (a.k.a. REPUTABLE TRADING SOURCE LLC COMPANY; a.k.a. “RTS LLC”), CR Number 1137785, PO Box: 888, Muscat 111, Oman; PO Box 1295: 111 CPO, Azaiba, Muscat, Oman; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 1137785 (Oman) [IRAN-EO13871] (Linked To: KHOUZESTAN STEEL COMPANY).

SABA STEEL (a.k.a. SABA STEEL COMPANY), KM 45 on Esfahan Shahrekord Road, Isfahan, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; National ID No. 5028 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

SOUTH KAVEH STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. KISH SOUTH KAVEH STEEL COMPANY; a.k.a. SKS STEEL COMPANY; a.k.a. “SKS CO.”), No. 1/2 Seventh Ave., North Falamak-zarafshan intersections, Phase 4, Shahrak-E Gharb, Tehran, Iran; Persian Gulf Special Economic Zone, 13th Km Shahid Rajaee Highway, Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan, Iran; Next to Behjat Park, No. 12, Apartment Complex Kaveh Golabi Stre, Karimkhan Zand Avenue, Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 7103 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13871].

and a cargo vessel:

HONG XUN (D5GG9) Liberia flag; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9588885; MMSI 636016459 (vessel) [IRAN-EO13871] (Linked To: HONGYUAN MARINE CO LTD). 

under its Iran sanctions program.

Additionally, the following existing designations were updated:

ESFAHAN’S MOBARAKEH STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. MOBARAKEH STEEL COMPANY), P.O. Box 161-84815, Mobarakeh, Esfahan 11131-84881, Iran; Mobarakeh Steel Company, Sa’adat Abad St., Azadi SQ., Esfahan, Esfahan, Iran; Mobarakeh Steel Company, No. 2, Gol Azin Alley, Kouhestan St., Ketah SQ., Sa’adat Abad, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.en.msc.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; National ID No. 10260289464 (Iran); Commercial Registry Number 411175869887 (Iran) [SDGT] [IFSR] (Linked To: MEHR-E EQTESAD-E IRANIAN INVESTMENT COMPANY). -to- ESFAHAN’S MOBARAKEH STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. ESFAHAN’S MOBARAKEH STEEL PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY; a.k.a. MOBARAKEH STEEL COMPANY), P.O. Box 161-84815, Mobarakeh, Esfahan 11131-84881, Iran; Mobarakeh Steel Company, Sa’adat Abad St., Azadi SQ., Esfahan, Esfahan, Iran; Mobarakeh Steel Company, No. 2, Gol Azin Alley, Kouhestan St., Ketah SQ., Sa’adat Abad, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.en.msc.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; National ID No. 10260289464 (Iran); Commercial Registry Number 411175869887 (Iran) [SDGT] [IFSR] [IRAN-EO13871] (Linked To: MEHR-E EQTESAD-E IRANIAN INVESTMENT COMPANY).

MIR-HEJAZI, Asghar (a.k.a. HEJAZI, Asghar; a.k.a. HEJAZI, Asghar Sadegh; a.k.a. MIR-HEJAZI RUHANI, Ali Asqar; a.k.a. MIRHEJAZI, Ali; a.k.a. MIR-HEJAZI, Ali Asqar); DOB 08 Sep 1946; POB Esfahan, Iran; citizen Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Security Deputy of Supreme Leader; Member of the Leader’s Planning Chamber; Head of Security of Supreme Leader’s Office; Deputy Chief of Staff of the Supreme Leader’s Office (individual) [IRAN-HR]. -to- MIR-HEJAZI, Asghar (a.k.a. HEJAZI, Ali Asghar; a.k.a. HEJAZI, Asghar; a.k.a. HEJAZI, Asghar Sadegh; a.k.a. HEJAZI, Seyyed Ali Asghar; a.k.a. MIR-HEJAZI RUHANI, Ali Asqar; a.k.a. MIRHEJAZI, Ali; a.k.a. MIR-HEJAZI, Ali Asqar), Iran; DOB 08 Sep 1946; POB Esfahan, Iran; nationality Iran; citizen Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Security Deputy of Supreme Leader; Member of the Leader’s Planning Chamber; Head of Security of Supreme Leader’s Office; Deputy Chief of Staff of the Supreme Leader’s Office (individual) [IRAN-HR] [IRAN-EO13876].

NAQDI, Mohammad Reza (a.k.a. NAGHDI, Mohammad Reza; a.k.a. NAQDI, Muhammad; a.k.a. SHAMS, Mohammad Reza); DOB circa 1952; alt. DOB circa Mar 1961; alt. DOB circa Apr 1961; alt. DOB 1953; POB Najaf, Iraq; alt. POB Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Brigadier General and Commander of the IRGC Basij Resistance Force; President of the Organization of the Basij of the Oppressed; Chief of the Mobilization of the Oppressed Organization; Head of the Basij (individual) [SDGT] [NPWMD] [IRGC] [IFSR] [IRAN-HR]. -to- NAQDI, Mohammad Reza (a.k.a. NAGHDI, Mohammad Reza; a.k.a. NAGHDI, Mohammedreza; a.k.a. NAQDI, Gholamreza; a.k.a. NAQDI, Gholam-reza; a.k.a. NAQDI, Mohammad-Reza; a.k.a. NAQDI, Muhammad; a.k.a. SHAMS, Mohammad Reza), Iran; DOB 1951 to 1953; alt. DOB 1960 to 1962; alt. DOB Apr 1961; alt. DOB 1953; POB Najaf, Iraq; alt. POB Tehran, Iran; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Brigadier General and Commander of the IRGC Basij Resistance Force; President of the Organization of the Basij of the Oppressed; Chief of the Mobilization of the Oppressed Organization; Head of the Basij (individual) [SDGT] [NPWMD] [IRGC] [IFSR] [IRAN-HR] [IRAN-EO13876]

And Treasury issued a press release:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Targets Iran’s Billion Dollar Metals Industry and Senior Regime Officials

Action coincides with President’s Executive Order expanding authorities to target additional sources of revenue used by the Iranian regime  

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against eight senior Iranian regime officials who have advanced the regime’s destabilizing objectives, as well as the largest steel, aluminum, copper, and iron manufacturers in Iran, who collectively generate billions of dollars annually.  Treasury’s action includes the designations of Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council; Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, the Deputy Chief of Staff of Iranian armed forces; and Gholamreza Soleimani, the head of the Basij militia of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).  In addition, Treasury designated 17 Iranian metals producers and mining companies; a network of three China- and Seychelles-based entities; and a vessel involved in the purchase, sale, and transfer of Iranian metals products, as well as in the provision of critical metals production components to Iranian metal producers.

Concurrently with today’s designations, the President is signing a new Executive Order (E.O.) that targets additional sources of revenue used by the Iranian regime to fund and support its nuclear program, missile development, terrorism and terrorist proxy networks, and malign regional influence. Specifically, this E.O. authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to impose sanctions against persons operating in or transacting with additional sectors of the Iranian economy, including construction, mining, manufacturing, and textiles.

“The United States is targeting senior Iranian officials for their involvement and complicity in Tuesday’s ballistic missile strikes,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “We are also designating Iran’s largest metals manufacturers, and imposing sanctions on new sectors of the Iranian economy including construction, manufacturing, and mining. These sanctions will continue until the regime stops the funding of global terrorism and commits to never having nuclear weapons.”  

FOREIGN PURCHASERS AND TRANSPORTERS OF IRANIAN STEEL, AND PROVIDERS OF CRITICAL MATERIALS NEEDED FOR IRANIAN METAL PRODUCTION

Since August 2019, Beijing-based trading company Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd.has purchased tens of thousands of metric tons of steel slabs on a monthly basis from Iran’s Esfahan Mobarakeh Steel Company.

During 2019, Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd. has sold multiple consignments of carbon blocks, cathode blocks, and graphite electrodes to Iranian minerals trading firm Khalagh Tadbir Pars Co. for shipment to Iran and use by Iranian metals producers.  Since August 2019, Khalagh Tadbir Pars Co. has purchased materials including carbon blocks and cathode blocks from Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd. for ultimate end-use by the Iran Aluminum Company. 

Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd. has also facilitated Khalagh Tadbir Pars Co.’s purchase of materials such as cathodes from Chinese manufacturers.  Additionally, in November 2019, Khalagh Tadbir Pars Co. and Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd. coordinated the sale of Iranian copper concentrates to a Chinese purchaser.

Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd. is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13871 for having knowingly engaged, on or after the date of the E.O. 13871, in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of iron, iron products, aluminum, aluminum products, steel, steel products, copper, or copper products from Iran, as well as for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or service in support of Khalagh Tadbir Pars Co.

Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd. uses Power Anchor Limited, located in the Seychelles, as a front company to obfuscate the true Iranian end-user for metals-related materials shipped to Iran.  Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd. has also used Power Anchor Limited to facilitate payments from Iranian steel companies for purchases of graphite electrodes used in metal production brokered by Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd.  Power Anchor Limited is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13871 for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd.

In September 2019, the vessel Hong Xun transported steel slabs purchased by Pamchel Trading Beijing Co. Ltd. from Esfahan Mobarakeh Steel Company from Bandar Abbas, Iran, to China.  Hongyuan Marine Co. Ltd., located in Zhejian, China, is the registered owner of the vessel Hong Xun, as well as the vessel’s Ship Manager/Commercial Manager.  Hongyuan Marine Co. Ltd. is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13871 for having knowingly engaged, on or after the date of E.O. 13871, in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of iron, iron products, aluminum, aluminum products, steel, steel products, copper, or copper products from Iran through its vessel, Hon Xun.  OFAC is also identifying the Hong Xun as blocked property in which Hongyuan Marine Co. Ltd. has an interest.

IRANIAN IRON AND STEEL COMPANIES AND OMAN-BASED SUPPLIER  

Today’s action targets the 13 largest steel and iron manufacturers in Iran, who collectively generate billions in sales annually.

Mobarakeh Steel Company is the biggest steel producer in the Middle East and the biggest direct reduced iron producer in the world.  Mobarakeh Steel Company produces more than 50 percent of Iran’s steel in all major markets.  OFAC previously designated Mobarakeh Steel Company in October 2018 pursuant to E.O. 13224, a counterterrorism authority, for providing material support to Mehr Eqtesead Iranian Investment Company, an IRGC-affiliated entity.

In addition to Mobarakeh, OFAC is designating Saba Steel, Hormozgan Steel Company, Esfahan Steel Company, Oxin Steel Company, Khorasan Steel Company, South Kaveh Steel Company, Iran Alloy Steel Company, Golgohar Mining and Industrial Company, Chadormalu Mining and Industrial Company, Arfa Iron and Steel Company, Khouzestan Steel Company, and Iranian Ghadir Iron & Steel Co pursuant to E.O. 13871 for operating in the iron, steel, aluminum, or copper sectors of Iran.

OFAC is also designating Oman-based Reputable Trading Source LLC, which is owned or controlled by, or has acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Khouzestan Steel Company.  Reputable Trading Source LLC was incorporated to provide and supply the spare parts, equipment, and raw material that is required by steel companies, and further engages in marketing and exporting steel products from Iran.

IRANIAN ALUMINUM AND COPPER COMPANIES

OFAC is also taking action against the top companies operating in the Iranian aluminum and copper sectors.

Iran Aluminum Company was established as the first producer of aluminum bricks in Iran, and accounts for approximately 75 percent of the country’s total aluminum production volume.  Also designated today is Al-Mahdi Aluminum Corporation, a top producer of aluminum in Iran, and National Iranian Copper Industries, the leading copper producer in the Middle East and North Africa region.  Khalagh Tadbir Pars Co. is a minerals trading firm that deals in iron ore, copper concentrate, alumina, and aluminum.

Iran Aluminum Company, Al-Mahdi Aluminum Corporation, National Iranian Copper Industries, and Khalagh Tadbir Pars Co. are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13871 for operating in the iron, steel, aluminum, or copper sectors of Iran.

ALI SHAMKHANI AND GHOLAMREZA SOLEIMANI

OFAC is designating Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), who was appointed by the Supreme Leader in September 2013 as one of his representatives to the SNSC.  Ali Shamkhani, an IRGC admiral, is currently the secretary of the SNSC, which determines the country’s security and defense policies and coordinates political, intelligence, social, and economic activities in accordance with the Supreme Leader’s guidelines.

As the head of the SNCS, Ali Shamkhani plays a key role in implementation of the Supreme Leader’s domestic and foreign policies.   

Brigadier General Gholamreza Soleimani was appointed by the Supreme Leader on July 2, 2019 as the Commander of the Basij Resistance Force, a paramilitary force subordinate to IRGC. Among other malign activities, the IRGC’s Basij militia recruits, trains, and deploys child soldiers to fight in IRGC-fueled conflicts across the region.  

MOHSEN REZA’I AND MOHAMMAD REZA NAQDI

Mohsen Reza’i is a longtime member of Iran’s Expediency Council and was appointed by the Supreme Leader.  The Expediency Council provides guidance to the Supreme Leader on all manner of policy.  Reza’i is a former IRGC commander who is suspected of involvement in the 1994 terrorist attack against the AMIA Jewish community in Argentina, resulting in the deaths of 85 people.  Reza’i remains wanted by Argentina and has an active international arrest warrant through Interpol.

Mohammad Reza Naqdi was appointed by the Supreme Leader as the Deputy Coordinator of the IRGC in May 2019.  Naqdi is the former Commander of the Basij, as well as a former head of the Basij intelligence unit who was responsible for the interrogation of those arrested during the post-election crackdown in 2009.  In this role, he extracted forced confessions from high-ranking reformist leaders broadcast on Iranian state-run television.  As a result of his actions in the aftermath of the 2009 protests, Naqdi was previously designated by Treasury in 2011 pursuant to E.O. 13553, a human rights authority.

MOHAMMAD REZA ASHTIANI AND ALI ABDOLLAHI

Mohammad Reza Ashtiani and Ali Abdollahi are senior Iranian military appointees of the Supreme Leader.  Ashtiani was appointed by the Supreme Leader as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian armed forces in July 2019, while IRGC Brigadier General Abdollahi was appointed the Coordination Deputy for the Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS) in July 2016.  Abdollahi is a former Deputy Commander of Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces.  OFAC previously designated the AFGS and its chief, IRGC General Mohammed Bagheri, pursuant to E.O. 13876 in November 2019.

Ali Shamkhani, Gholamreza Soleimani, Mohsen Reza’i, Mohammad Reza Naqdi, Mohammad Reza Ashtiani and Ali Abdollahi are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13876 for being persons appointed to a position as a state official of Iran by the Supreme Leader.

ALI ASGHAR HEJAZI AND MOHSEN QOMI

Ali Asghar Hejazi is a senior official within the Supreme Leader’s Office in charge of security.  Hejazi also maintains close links to the IRGC’s Qods Force.  Hejazi was previously designated in May 2013 pursuant to E.O. 13553, a human rights authority, for supporting the commission of serious human rights abuses in Iran on or after June 12, 2009, as well as for providing material support to the IRGC and Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

Mohsen Qomi, a Deputy Advisor for International Affairs in the Supreme Leader’s Office and an advisor to the Supreme Leader on International Communications, has represented the Supreme Leader on official international visits.

Hejazi and Qomi are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13876 for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Supreme Leader.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

All property and interests in property of these persons that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC.  OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons. 

In addition, persons that engage in certain transactions with the persons designated today may themselves be exposed to sanctions.  Furthermore, any foreign financial institution that knowingly conducts or facilitates a significant transaction for or on behalf of the persons designated today could be subject to U.S. correspondent or payable-through account sanctions.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

Categories: Iranian Sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists

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