Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation Sanctions

On Thursday, OFAC added the following persons:

BORJI, Salim (a.k.a. BORJI SOUMEH, Salim); DOB 22 Dec 1964; citizen Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport B30739118 (Iran) (individual) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: TAMIN KALAYE SABZ ARAS COMPANY).

FAKHRZADEH, Mohammad (a.k.a. FAKHR ZADEH, Mohammad), Tehran, Iran; DOB 22 May 1978; POB Malayer, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; National ID No. 3932714806 (Iran) (individual) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: IRAN CENTRIFUGE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY).

KARIMI-ADEGANI, Afsaneh (a.k.a. KARIMIADEGANI, Afsaneh); DOB 06 Jul 1970; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Female; Passport F35323181 (Iran) (individual) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: IRAN CENTRIFUGE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY).

NAJAFI, Mehdi (a.k.a. MOJTAHEDNAJAFI, Seyedmehdi; a.k.a. MOJTAHEDNAJAFI, Seyedmehdi Miraliasghar; a.k.a. NAJAFI, Seyed Mehdi Mojtahed), No. 1-30th Bld# 2nd, Shahrak Farhangian Sheykh Fazlollah Nour, Tehran 1464873861, Iran; DOB 21 Sep 1971; POB Tehran, Iran; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport I15597905 (Iran); National ID No. 0054385946 (Iran) (individual) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: IRAN CENTRIFUGE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY).

TALEBI, Sohayl (a.k.a. TALEBI, Soheyl), Vriesenhof 3000 Leuven, Belgium; DOB 28 May 1960; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male (individual) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: IRAN CENTRIFUGE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY).

and entities:

BAKHTAR RAAD SEPAHAN COMPANY (a.k.a. BAKHTAR RAAD ENGINEERING COMPANY; a.k.a. BAKHTAR RAAD SEPAHAN CO.; a.k.a. RADSEPAHAN), Number 8, Keyvan 2 Building, between 2nd & 3rd Western Avenue, Mohaberat Street, Shahinshahr, Esfahan, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: IRAN CENTRIFUGE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY). 

HENAN JIAYUAN ALUMINIUM INDUSTRY CO., LTD (Chinese Simplified: 河南嘉源铝业有限公司) (a.k.a. HENAN JIAYUAN ALUMINUM INDUSTRY COMPANY, LIMITED), Rm. 1402, Unit 2, Building 27, Shangwu Inner Ring Rd, Zhengdong New Area, Zhengzhou, Henan, China; No. 1402, Unit 2, Building 27, Shangwu Inner Ring Road (Zhengdong), Zhengzhou Area, Pilot Free Trade Zone, Henan, China; Website http://www.jyalco.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; United Social Credit Code Certificate (USCCC) 914101006905518610 (China) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: IRAN CENTRIFUGE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY). 

SANMING SINO-EURO IMPORT AND EXPORT CO., LTD (Chinese Simplified: 三明市中伊欧出口有限公司), Unit 911, Building Number 7, Hengda House, Sha County, Sanming City, Fujian Province, China; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Business Registration Number 91350400MA32K7W49G (China) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: TALEBI, Sohayl; Linked To: IRAN CENTRIFUGE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY). 

SUZHOU A-ONE SPECIAL ALLOY CO., LTD (Chinese Simplified: 苏州埃文特种合金有限公司) (a.k.a. SUZHOU AIWEN SPECIAL ALLOY CO., LTD.), No.2 Weihua Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu Province, China; No.2, Weihua Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu Province 215121, China; Room 1219, Building 2, Hetai Dushi Living Plaza, No. 2, Weihua Road, Weiting, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou 215000, China; Website http://www.sz-alloy.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration ID 91320594MA1MAHHR9W (China) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: TAMIN KALAYE SABZ ARAS COMPANY). 

SUZHOU ZHONGSHENG MAGNETIC INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (Chinese Simplified: 苏州中盛磁业有限公司) (a.k.a. SUZHOU ZHONGSHENG MAGNETIC COMPANY LIMITED), Room 17002, Zhongxiang Mansion, No. 666, Xiangcheng Blvd., Yuanhe Town, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215133, China; Zhong Xiang building, No. 666, Xiangcheng Avenue, Suzhou, Xiangcheng District 17002, China; Website http://www.zhongsheng-magnet.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; United Social Credit Code Certificate (USCCC) 91320507582255256P (China) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: TAMIN KALAYE SABZ ARAS COMPANY).  

 TAMIN KALAYE SABZ ARAS COMPANY (a.k.a. KALAYE SABZ ORZ COMPANY; a.k.a. TAMIN KALAYE SABZ; a.k.a. TAMIN KALAYE SABZ COMPANY; a.k.a. “KSO COMPANY”; a.k.a. “TS CO.”; a.k.a. “TS COMPANY”), No. 13, Unit 12, Sazman Ab Ave., Jenah Blvd, Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; National ID No. 1463468660 (Iran); Company Number 10980302323 (Iran) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: IRAN CENTRIFUGE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY). 

 TAWU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND TRADING COMPANY (f.k.a. METAALKUNDE BV; a.k.a. TAWU BVBA; a.k.a. TAWU BVBA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND TRADING COMPANY; a.k.a. “TAWU”), Bleidenhoek 34, 2230 Herselt, Belgium; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; V.A.T. Number BE0686.896.689 (Belgium); Business Registration Number 686896689 (Belgium); alt. Business Registration Number BE0686896689 (Belgium) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: IRAN CENTRIFUGE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY).

to the Iran and non-proliferations sanctions program.

And the State Department issued the following press release:

Today, the United States designated 12 entities and individuals based in Iran, Belgium, and China that are linked to the nuclear proliferation-sensitive activities of the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company – known by its Persian acronym, TESA.

The designations announced today under Executive Order 13382 target proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or WMD delivery systems and their associates.  In addition to a freeze on any of their assets within the United States, the sanctioned persons and entities will be denied access to the U.S. financial system and listed online as WMD proliferators.

The United States strongly condemns Iran’s recent expansion of sensitive nuclear activities, including increasing its stockpile of low enriched uranium and enriching uranium at levels above 3.67 percent.  There is no credible reason for Iran to expand its nuclear program at this time and in this way other than as a transparent attempt to extort the international community.

Link:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

Yesterday, OFAC added the following entity:

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NON-BANK CREDIT ORGANIZATION RUSSIAN FINANCIAL SOCIETY (Cyrillic: ОϬЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ НЕБАНКОВСКАЯ КРЕДИТНАЯ ОРГАНИЗАЦИЯ РУССКОЕ ФИНАНСОВОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО) (a.k.a. LLC NCO RUSSIAN FINANCIAL SOCIETY (Cyrillic: НКО РУССКОЕ ФИНАНСОВОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО ООО)), house 9/26, building 1, Shchipok street, Moscow 115054, Russia; Secondary sanctions risk: North Korea Sanctions Regulations, sections 510.201 and 510.210; Tax ID No. 7744002860 (Russia); alt. Tax ID No. 770501001 (Russia); Registration Number 1027744004903 (Russia) [NPWMD].

to its non-proliferation sanctions program.

And the Treasury Department explained why:

Treasury Designates Russian Financial Institution Supporting North Korean Sanctions Evasion

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of a Russian entity that has assisted North Korea in evading sanctions to access the international financial system.  Today’s action targets Russian-registered Russian Financial Society pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 for having provided, or attempted to provide, financial, material, technological, or other support for, or goods or services in support of, U.S.-designated Dandong Zhongsheng Industry & Trade Co. Ltd (Dandong Zhongsheng), an entity that is owned and controlled by, directly or indirectly, U.S.- and United Nations (UN)-designated Foreign Trade Bank (FTB), North Korea’s primary foreign exchange bank.

“Treasury continues to enforce existing U.S. and UN sanctions against individuals and entities in Russia and elsewhere who facilitate illicit trade with North Korea.  Those who attempt to circumvent our authorities to provide the DPRK with access to international financial markets expose themselves to significant sanctions risk,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker.

Russian Financial Society began to provide financial services to North Korea immediately upon attaining their non-banking credit organization license, which allows Russian Financial Society to transact in multiple foreign currencies.  Russian Financial Society provided bank accounts for OFAC-designated Dandong Zhongsheng and to a North Korean chief representative of Korea Zinc Industrial Group, which was also designated for operating in the mining industry in the North Korean economy and for having sold, supplied, or transferred zinc from North Korea, where revenue or goods received may benefit the Government of North Korea.

Since at least 2017 and continuing through 2018, Russian Financial Society has opened multiple bank accounts for Dandong Zhongsheng.  These actions have enabled North Korea to circumvent U.S. and UN sanctions to gain access to the global financial system in order to generate revenue for the Kim regime’s nuclear program.

Dandong Zhongsheng was designated by the United States for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, FTB, an entity whose property and interests are blocked pursuant to E.O. 13382.  Han Jang Su, FTB’s chief representative in Moscow, played a key part in acquiring banking services from Russian Financial Society.  Han Jang Su was designated by the United States on March 31, 2017, for acting for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, FTB.  Both Han Jang Su and FTB have also been designated by the UN Security Council Committee pursuant to Resolution 1718 (2006).

Russian Financial Society is the latest Russian financial institution sanctioned by OFAC for providing financial services to North Korea.  In August 2018, OFAC designated Russian-registered Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank for knowingly conducting or facilitating a significant transaction on behalf of Han Jang Su. 

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of this target 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 the United States (including transactions transiting the United States) that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Department Press Release

On Friday, OFAC added the following entities:

MONSOON NAVIGATION CORPORATION, Trust Company Complex, Ajeltake Road, Ajeltake Island, Majuro MH96960, Marshall Islands; Identification Number IMO 5403673 [VENEZUELA-EO13850]. 

 

SERENITY MARITIME LIMITED (a.k.a. SERENITY MARITIME LTD.; a.k.a. SERENITY MARITIME LTD-LIB), Broad Street 80, Monrovia 1000, Liberia [VENEZUELA-EO13850].

and cargo vessels:

LEON DIAS Chemical/Oil Tanker Panama flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9396385 (vessel) [VENEZUELA-EO13850] (Linked To: SERENITY MARITIME LIMITED). 

 

OCEAN ELEGANCE Crude Oil Tanker Panama flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9038749 (vessel) [VENEZUELA-EO13850] (Linked To: MONSOON NAVIGATION CORPORATION).

to its Venezuela sanctions program.

Additionally, the following non-proliferation listing:

BEURKLIAN, Anni (a.k.a. AJAKA, Anni); DOB 17 May 1969; nationality Lebanon; citizen United States (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: KATRANGI, Amir). -to- BEURKLIAN, Anni (a.k.a. AJAKA, Anni), Lebanon; Bsalim, Majzoub St. #701, Bldg. #254, 3rd floor, Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 17 May 1969; nationality Lebanon; citizen United States(individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: KATRANGI, Amir).

and counter-terrorism listing:

BSQRD LIMITED, Mansion House Manchester Road, Altrincham Chesire WA14 4RW, United Kingdom; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations; D-U-N-S Number 22-369-0096; Company Number 11207847 (United Kingdom) [SDGT] (Linked To: BAZZI, Wael). -to- BSQRD LIMITED, Mansion House Manchester Road, Altrincham Cheshire WA14 4RW, United Kingdom; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations; D-U-N-S Number 22-369-0096; Company Number 11207847 (United Kingdom) [SDGT] (Linked To: BAZZI, Wael).

were updated.

And the US Treasury:

Treasury Identifies the Venezuelan Defense and Security Sector as Subject to Sanctions and Further Targets Venezuelan Oil Moving to Cuba

Washington – Today, Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, in consultation with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, and pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850, as amended, determined that persons operating in the defense and security sector of the Venezuelan economy may be subject to sanctions.  In addition, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated two companies that operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy, pursuant to E.O. 13850, as amended.  OFAC has also identified two vessels, which transported oil from Venezuela to Cuba, as blocked property owned by the two companies. 

“Treasury’s action today puts Venezuela’s military and intelligence services, as well as those who support them, on notice that their continued backing of the illegitimate Maduro regime will be met with serious consequences,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “The U.S. will take further action if Cuba continues to receive Venezuelan oil in exchange for military support. As we have repeatedly said, the path to sanctions relief for those who have been sanctioned is to take concrete and meaningful actions to restore democratic order.”

Today’s designations, which are a direct response to SEBIN’s illegal arrest of National Assembly members, is intended to target those actors who have had a hand in the repressive Maduro defense and intelligence sector. This includes Venezuela’s oil sector, which continues to be critical to the survival of the illegitimate regime of former President Maduro:

  • Monsoon Navigation Corporation is based in Majuro, Marshall Islands, and is the registered owner of the vessel, Ocean Elegance.
    • Ocean Elegance is a crude oil tanker (IMO: 9038749) that delivered crude oil from Venezuela to Cuba from late 2018 through March 2019.
  • Serenity Maritime Limited is based in Monrovia, Liberia, and is the registered owner of the vessel, Leon Dias.
    • Leon Dias is a chemical and oil tanker (IMO: 9396385) that delivered crude oil from Venezuela to Cuba from late 2018 through March 2019.

For information about the methods that Venezuelan senior political figures, their associates, and front persons use to move and hide corrupt proceeds, including how they try to exploit the U.S. financial system and real estate market, please refer to Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) advisories FIN-2019-A002, “Updated Advisory on Widespread Public Corruption in Venezuela,” FIN-2017-A006, “Advisory to Financial Institutions and Real Estate Firms and Professionals” and FIN-2018-A003, “Advisory on Human Rights Abuses Enabled by Corrupt Senior Foreign Political Figures and their Financial Facilitators.”

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of these entities, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by the designated entities, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be 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.

U.S. sanctions need not be permanent; sanctions are intended to bring about a positive change of behavior.  For example, on May 7, 2019, OFAC removed sanctions imposed on former high-ranking Venezuelan intelligence official Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera after his public break with Maduro.  The United States continues to make clear that the removal of sanctions is available for persons designated under E.O. 13692 or E.O. 13850, both as amended, who take concrete and meaningful actions to restore democratic order, refuse to take part in human rights abuses, speak out against abuses committed by the illegitimate Maduro regime, or combat corruption in Venezuela.

and State Departments:

The United States Sanctions Venezuela’s Defense and Security Sector

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 10, 2019


Today, the United States took action against the former Maduro regime for increasing its intimidation of those supporting democracy in Venezuela, including members of the democratically elected National Assembly. Pursuant to E.O. 13850, the United States determined persons operating in the defense and security sector of the Venezuelan economy may be subject to sanctions.

In addition, we have designated two companies, Monsoon Navigation Corporation and Serenity Maritime Limited, that operate in the oil sector. We have also identified two vessels that transported oil from Venezuela to Cuba as blocked property.

The Venezuelan people continue to suffer at the hands of this despotic regime, aided in no small part by Cuba and Russia. Cuban forces provide intelligence and physical security to help oppress the Venezuelan people. Russian military personnel and companies operate in the defense and security sector. The Maduro regime’s latest cowardly gambit – the arbitrary detention of National Assembly First Vice President Edgar Zambrano – is illegal and inexcusable.

We call on all actors within the defense and security sector to protect and defend the rights of all Venezuelans.

Today’s determination allows the United States to take action against the malign actors that are impeding the will of the courageous Venezuelan people, who demand democracy. The United States continues to stand with them, their interim President Juan Guaido, and the National Assembly, as they work to peacefully restore constitutional order and prosperity to their country.

issued press releases.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Press Releases: Treasury, State

MID-SHIP, a firm out of Port Washington, NY is settling 5 apparent non-self disclosed, egregious violations of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations for $871,837. That represents almost double the value ($472,861) of the 5 funds transfers the company processed that involved blocked vessels on the SDN List.

This final figure is a significant reduction from the base penalty of $1,490,320, which was also the statutory maximum.

Here’s what happened, subsequent to OFAC’s designation in September 2008 of over 100 IRISL vessels – OFAC notes that the designations included the vessels’ IMO (Internatonal Maritime Organization) numbers:

In February and April 2010, MID-SHIP’s subsidiaries located in China and Turkey negotiated three charter party agreements between multiple third parties regarding the transportation of goods from foreign ports to other foreign ports. These parties ultimately nominated two separate IRISL vessels — the M/V Haadi and the M/V Adrian — as the performing vessels for the respective charter party agreements. MID-SHIP was in possession of multiple documents identifying the vessels by their respective IMO numbers and connecting the vessels to Iran, and both vessels were publicly identified by name and IMO number on the SDN List by the time MID-SHIP processed the electronic funds transfers constituting the apparent violations.

MID-SHIP’s culture of compliance appears to have been deficient at the time of the apparent violations. For example, in one instance, a MID-SHIP senior manager discussed receiving an electronic funds transfer in a non-U.S. Dollar currency from a third party after learning a financial institution was holding the payment due to the inclusion of a vessel name included in the remittance field. MID-SHIP managerial personnel were also aware that financial institutions had rejected at least two payments for “administrative reasons,” “security reasons,” or “compliance issues.”

Here is OFAC’s retelling of the General Factors contributing to the final settlement amount:

OFAC considered the following to be aggravating factors:

(1) MID-SHIP demonstrated reckless disregard for its obligations to comply with U.S. economic and trade sanctions;

(2) MID-SHIP managers knew of, and participated in, the conduct giving rise to the apparent violations;

(3) MID-SHIP’s conduct harmed the integrity of the WMDPSR and its related policy objectives by conferring economic benefit to, and dealing in the services of, IRISL; and

(4) MID-SHIP is a global, commercially sophisticated shipping and logistics company that operates in a high-risk industry.

OFAC considered the following to be mitigating factors:

(1) MID-SHIP has not received a Penalty Notice or Finding of Violation from OFAC in the five years preceding the earliest date of the transactions giving rise to the apparent violations, and the transactions constituting the apparent violations account for exactly 0.05 percent of MID-SHIP’s total transactional history during the relevant time period;

(2) MID-SHIP represents that it undertook remedial measures to improve its compliance with U.S. economic and trade sanctions programs, including by taking the following measures:

(a) appointing an OFAC Compliance Officer,

(b) providing training regarding U.S. sanctions to employees,

(c) regularly publishing OFAC compliance statements to all MID-SHIP offices, directing personnel to be vigilant in ascertaining the complete ownership chain and interests of vessels being negotiated by MID-SHIP brokers and to ensure vessels and entities involved in transactions are not listed on the SDN List,

(d) instructing all MID-SHIP shipbrokers to take appropriate measures to include an OFAC compliance clause or clauses in each charter party negotiated by a MID-SHIP shipbroker,

(e) screening every vessel and party to a wire transfer against OFAC’s SDN List, and

(f) ceasing the processing of a transaction relating to a vessel or party identified on the SDN List and providing a report to MID-SHIP’s OFAC Compliance Officer for further action; and

(3) MID-SHIP cooperated with OFAC during its investigation, including by entering into multiple tolling agreements with OFAC, tolling the statute of limitations for 1,231 days.

And OFAC’s lesson to be learned?

This case illustrates the benefits companies operating in high-risk industries (e.g., international shipping and logistics) can realize by implementing risk-based compliance measures, especially when engaging in transactions involving high-risk exposure to jurisdictions or persons

implicated by U.S. sanctions. Furthermore, this case also illustrates the benefits that companies engaging in international transactions can realize by developing and maintaining a culture of compliance where senior management sets a positive example of compliance and encourages staff to comply with the law. Companies engaging in international transactions should take note of and respond accordingly to sanctions-related warning signs, such as payments that are blocked or rejected by financial institutions for compliance or U.S. economic and trade sanctions purposes.

The OFAC Notice, and the Enforcement Information also include links to the Settlement Agreement, which will contain more detail. If I were in the shipping industry, or had a thriving Letter of Credit business, or a maritime insurance business, I would read that carefully.

Links:

OFAC Enforcement Information

Settlement Agreement

On Wednesday, OFAC added the following persons: 

AJAKA, Tony (a.k.a. AJAKA, Antoine); DOB 14 Mar 1968; nationality Lebanon (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: KATRANGI, Amir). 
 
BEURKLIAN, Anni (a.k.a. AJAKA, Anni); DOB 17 May 1969; nationality Lebanon; citizen United States (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: KATRANGI, Amir). 
 
CHAHINE, Mireille; DOB 01 Mar 1983; POB Beirut, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon; Employee and Accountant at Electronic Katrangi Group (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: ELECTRONICS KATRANGI TRADING). 
 
KATRANGI, Amir (a.k.a. ALKANTRANJI, Amir Hachem; a.k.a. KANTRAJI, Amir Hachem; a.k.a. KATRA, Amir; a.k.a. KATRANGI, Amir Hachem; a.k.a. KATRANJI, Amir; a.k.a. KATRANJI, Amir Hachem; a.k.a. KATRANJI, Amir Hashem); DOB 24 Jun 1966; POB Hama, Syria; nationality Syria; Managing Director and Co-founder of Electronic Katrangi Group (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: ELECTRONICS KATRANGI TRADING). 
 
KATRANGI, Houssam (a.k.a. EL KATRANGI, Houssam Hachem; a.k.a. EL KATRANJI, Houssam Hachem; a.k.a. KATRANGI, Houssam Hachem; a.k.a. KATRANGI, Hussam; a.k.a. KATRANJI, Houssam Hachem; a.k.a. KATRANKI, Houssam Hashem; a.k.a. QATRANJI, Hussam), Khansa Jnah, Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 27 Nov 1973; POB Ramlet El Baida, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon; Co-founder and Associate of Electronic Katrangi Group (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: ELECTRONICS KATRANGI TRADING). 
 
KATRANGI, Maher (a.k.a. EL KATRANGI, Maher Hachem; a.k.a. EL KATRANJI, Maher Hachem; a.k.a. KATRANGI, Maher Hachem; a.k.a. KATRANGI, Maher Mohamad; a.k.a. KATRANJI, Maher Hachem; a.k.a. KATRANJI, Maher Hashem), Khansa Jnah, Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 06 Jul 1967; POB Hama, Syria; nationality Syria; Co-founder and Associate of Electronic Katrangi Group (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: ELECTRONICS KATRANGI TRADING). 
 
KATRANGI, Mohamad (a.k.a. ALKTRANJI, Mohammed; a.k.a. KATRANJI, Mohammed); DOB 1928 (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: ELECTRONICS KATRANGI TRADING). 
 
ZHOU, Yishan; DOB 08 Dec 1981; POB Guangdong, China; nationality China; Director, EKT Smart Technology (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: EKT SMART TECHNOLOGY).  

and entities: 

EKT SMART TECHNOLOGY, 38 Dongtang Jinguang South Road, Xiashan Street, Chaonan District, Guangdong to Shantou, China; Chase Business Centre, 39-41 Chase Side, London N14 5BP, United Kingdom; Company Number 08884792 (United Kingdom) [NPWMD] (Linked To: ELECTRONICS KATRANGI TRADING). 
 
ELECTRONICS KATRANGI TRADING (a.k.a. AL AMIR ELECTRONICS; a.k.a. ALAMIR ELECTRONICS; a.k.a. AL-AMIR ELECTRONICS; a.k.a. AMIRCO ELECTRONICS; a.k.a. E.K.T. (KATRANGI BROS.); a.k.a. EKT (KATRANGI BROS); a.k.a. EKT ELECTRONICS; a.k.a. EKT KATRANGI BROTHERS; a.k.a. ELECTRONIC KATRANGI GROUP; a.k.a. KATRANGI ELECTRONICS; a.k.a. KATRANGI FOR ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES; a.k.a. KATRANGI TRADING; a.k.a. KATRANJI LABS; a.k.a. LUMIERE ELYSEES (Latin: LUMIÈRE ELYSÉES); a.k.a. NKTRONICS; a.k.a. SMART GREEN POWER; a.k.a. SMART PEGASUS; a.k.a. “E.K.T.”; a.k.a. “EKT”; a.k.a. “ELECTRONIC SYSTEM GROUP”; a.k.a. “ESG”), 1st Floor, Hujij Building, Korniche Street, P.O. Box 817 No. 3, Beirut, Lebanon; P.O. Box 8173, Beirut, Lebanon; #1 fl., Grand Hills Bldg., Said Khansa St., Jnah (BHV), Beirut, Lebanon; 11/A, Abbasieh Building, Hijaz Street, Damascus, Syria; Lahlah Building, Industrial Zone, Hama, Syria; Awqaf Building, Naser Street, P.O. Box 34425, Damascus, Syria; #1 floor, 02/A, Fares Building, Rami Street, Margeh, Damascus, Syria; 46 El-Falaki Street, Facing Cook Door, BabLouk Area, Cairo, Egypt; Website http://www.ekt2.com; alt. Website http://www.katranji.com; alt. Website http://sgp-france.com; alt. Website http://lumiere-elysees.fr; Identification Number 808 195 689 00019 (France); Chamber of Commerce Number 2014 B 24978 (France) [NPWMD] (Linked To: SCIENTIFIC STUDIES AND RESEARCH CENTER). 
 
GOLDEN STAR CO (a.k.a. GOLDEN STAR INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT LIMITED; a.k.a. GOLDEN STAR TRADING & INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT; a.k.a. GOLDEN STAR TRADING AND INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT; a.k.a. GOLDEN STAR TRADING INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT; a.k.a. KASSOUMA FZC; a.k.a. SHAREKAT GOLDEN STAR; a.k.a. SMART LOGISTICS F.S.S.A.L; a.k.a. SMART LOGISTICS OFFSHORE; a.k.a. SMART LOGISTICS TRADING & INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT; a.k.a. SMART LOGISTICS TRADING AND INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT), Al Awqaf building, 5th floor, Victoria Bridge, Damascus, Syria; 2 Floor, Inana Bldg, Damascus Free Zone, Damascus, Syria; Room 707, Fulijinxi Business Center, No. 05, Fuchang Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, China; Al Alshiah, Mar Mekheal Church, Amicho Building, 3rd Floor, Beirut, Lebanon; Office 112, First Floor, Al Manara Building, Port Street, Beirut, Lebanon; Website http://www.goldenstar-co.com [NPWMD] (Linked To: ELECTRONICS KATRANGI TRADING). 
 
POLO TRADING, Fakhani Building, Korniche Mazraa Street, Beirut, Lebanon; Grand Hills/GF Al Khansa St., Beirut, Lebanon; Website polo-trading.com [NPWMD] (Linked To: KATRANGI, Amir). 
 
TOP TECHNOLOGIES SARL, Ground Floor, Dedeyan center, Dora highway, Metn, Bauchrieh, Lebanon [NPWMD] (Linked To: AJAKA, Tony).

to its non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (NPWMD) sanctions program.

Additionally, they removed the following listings from the Ukraine/Russia-related sanctions program:

EESTI KREDIIDIPANK AS (a.k.a. AS EESTI KREDIIDIPANK; a.k.a. ESTONIAN CREDIT BANK; a.k.a. JOINT-STOCK COMPANY EESTI KREDIDIPANK), Narve Road 4, Tallinn 15014, Estonia; SWIFT/BIC EKRD EE 22; Website http://www.krediidipank.ee; Executive Order 13662 Directive Determination – Subject to Directive 1; All offices worldwide; for more information on directives, please visit the following link: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/ukraine.aspx#directives [UKRAINE-EO13662] (Linked To: BANK OF MOSCOW). 
 
AS EESTI KREDIIDIPANK (a.k.a. EESTI KREDIIDIPANK AS; a.k.a. ESTONIAN CREDIT BANK; a.k.a. JOINT-STOCK COMPANY EESTI KREDIDIPANK), Narve Road 4, Tallinn 15014, Estonia; SWIFT/BIC EKRD EE 22; Website http://www.krediidipank.ee; Executive Order 13662 Directive Determination – Subject to Directive 1; All offices worldwide; for more information on directives, please visit the following link: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/ukraine.aspx#directives [UKRAINE-EO13662] (Linked To: BANK OF MOSCOW). 
 
ESTONIAN CREDIT BANK (a.k.a. AS EESTI KREDIIDIPANK; a.k.a. EESTI KREDIIDIPANK AS; a.k.a. JOINT-STOCK COMPANY EESTI KREDIDIPANK), Narve Road 4, Tallinn 15014, Estonia; SWIFT/BIC EKRD EE 22; Website http://www.krediidipank.ee; Executive Order 13662 Directive Determination – Subject to Directive 1; All offices worldwide; for more information on directives, please visit the following link: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/ukraine.aspx#directives [UKRAINE-EO13662] (Linked To: BANK OF MOSCOW). 
 
JOINT-STOCK COMPANY EESTI KREDIDIPANK (a.k.a. AS EESTI KREDIIDIPANK; a.k.a. EESTI KREDIIDIPANK AS; a.k.a. ESTONIAN CREDIT BANK), Narve Road 4, Tallinn 15014, Estonia; SWIFT/BIC EKRD EE 22; Website http://www.krediidipank.ee; Executive Order 13662 Directive Determination – Subject to Directive 1; All offices worldwide; for more information on directives, please visit the following link: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/ukraine.aspx#directives [UKRAINE-EO13662] (Linked To: BANK OF MOSCOW).

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OFAC Notice

Earlier today, OFAC designated the following 5 individuals: 

AZARPISHEH, Mehdi (a.k.a. “MANSURI, Mehdi”), Iran; DOB 31 Jul 1983; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport 26338775 (individual) [SDGT] [IRGC] [IFSR] (Linked To: ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS (IRGC)-QODS FORCE). 
 
JA’FARI, Mohammad Agha (a.k.a. “JA’FARI, Mohammad”), Iran; DOB 1966; alt. DOB 1967; POB Kashan, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT] [IRGC] [IFSR] (Linked To: ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS AL-GHADIR MISSILE COMMAND). 
 
KAZEMABAD, Mahmud Bagheri (a.k.a. BAGHERI, Mahmud Kazemabad; a.k.a. BAGHERI-KAZEMABAD, Mahmud; a.k.a. KAZEMABAD, Mahmoud Bagheri; a.k.a. KZEMABAD, Mahmoud Bagheri; a.k.a. “BAGHERI, Mahmoud”; a.k.a. “BAGHERI, Mahmud”), Iran; DOB 26 Jun 1965; POB Meybod, Iran; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport J32377129 (Iran) expires 31 Aug 2020; National ID No. 448947941 (Iran) (individual) [SDGT] [IRGC] [IFSR] (Linked To: ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS AL-GHADIR MISSILE COMMAND). 
 
SHIR AMIN, Javad Bordbar (a.k.a. BORDBARSHERAMIN, Javad; a.k.a. BORDBARSHERAMIN, Javad Ali; a.k.a. “BORDBAR, Javad”), Iran; DOB 27 Oct 1981; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport A37845408 expires 24 Aug 2021 (individual) [SDGT] [IRGC] [IFSR] (Linked To: ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS). 
 
TEHRANI, Sayyed Mohammad Ali Haddadnezhad (a.k.a. HADDADNEZHAD, Sayyed Mohammad Ali Jalal), Iran; DOB 1970; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport 32371002 (individual) [NPWMD] [IRGC] [IFSR] (Linked To: ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS RESEARCH AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY JEHAD ORGANIZATION).  

under the Iran and either the counter terrorism or weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation sanctions programs. Interesting that Tehrani was not been designated as a SDGT despite having the IRGC tag…

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OFAC Notice

Press Statement

Heather Nauert 
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 6, 2018

 

On February 22, 2018, the United States determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of North Korea used the chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate Kim Jong Nam, in the Kuala Lumpur airport.

These sanctions are in addition to existing U.S. comprehensive sanctions against targeting unlawful North Korean activities. The sanctions took effect upon publication of this determination in the Federal Register on March 5, 2018.

The United States strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons to conduct an assassination. This public display of contempt for universal norms against chemical weapons use further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we cannot afford to tolerate a North Korean WMD program of any kind.

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State Department News Release