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More of the same? OFAC adds UAE firms to Iran sanctions

Earlier today, OFAC added the following companies to its Iran sanctions program:

ALAM ALTHRWA GENERAL TRADING LLC (a.k.a. ALAM ALTHRWA LLC CO), Plot No. 124-579, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; P.O. Box 91310, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Office M22, Al Dana Center, Al Maktoum Road, Deira, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Mina Al Fahal, PDO Gate No. 2 Al Qurum, PC: 116, Muscat, Oman; Website http://www.alamalthrwa.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 573469 (United Arab Emirates) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: NATIONAL IRANIAN OIL COMPANY). 
ALPHABET INTERNATIONAL DMCC, Unit No. 451, DMCC Business Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number DMCC-388799 (United Arab Emirates) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: NATIONAL IRANIAN OIL COMPANY). 
ALWANEO L.L.C. CO. (a.k.a. ALWANEO CO. L.L.C.; a.k.a. ALWANEO TRADE DMCC), Plot No. 133-257, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: NATIONAL IRANIAN OIL COMPANY). 
PETRO GRAND FZE, Al Hamra Industrial Zone FZ, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: NATIONAL IRANIAN OIL COMPANY). 
SWISSOL TRADE DMCC (Arabic: .سویسول تراید م.د.م.س), Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number DMCC-612148 (United Arab Emirates) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: NATIONAL IRANIAN OIL COMPANY). 

These seem a lot like the designations the other day – ultimately, a way to pressure 3rd party countries through secondary sanctions (notice the reference to Executive Order 13846). That may be the only lever that OFAC really has with regard to Iran these days – something they never did with the Cuba program because the countries running afoul of U.S. wishes were from Western Europe.

IMHO, of course.

Link:

OFAC Notice

Categories: Iranian Sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists Secondary Sanctions

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