Announcement

Announcement Module
Collapse
No announcement yet.

US Treasury Targets Iranís Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities

Page Title Module
Move Remove Collapse
X
Conversation Detail Module
Collapse
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • US Treasury Targets Iranís Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities

    See also, this related information:

    DFS Worldwide, Everex, and Aban Air: IRGC shipping ops worldwide
    http://forum.internet-haganah.com/sh...-ops-worldwide


    5/23/2013
    Actions Target Iranís Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities


    WASHINGTON Ė The U.S. Department of the Treasury is taking action today against 20 individuals and entities for their involvement in Iranís nuclear and missile proliferation networks and Iranís continued attempts to circumvent sanctions. These networks are responsible for moving supplies and providing essential services to Iranís clandestine nuclear and weapons programs. These actions are designed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by tightening sanctions against Iranís energy sector and exposing key proliferation related networks that span the globe from Europe to Asia.

    ďAs long as Iran continues to pursue a nuclear and ballistic missile program in defiance of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, the U.S. will target and disrupt those involved in Iranís illicit activities,Ē said Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. ďWe will continue to work with our international partners to intensify this pressure and tighten sanctions on Iranís energy sector as it provides much needed financial support for the Iranian regimeís proliferation activity.Ē

    Fourteen of the entities and individuals being designated today are part of Iranís international procurement and proliferation operations. These designations are being made pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets weapons of mass destruction proliferators and their supporters. The designations focus on entities and individuals supporting previously designated entities within Iranís proliferation network as well as Iranís Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO), and Iranís Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL). These organizations are at the center of Iranís continued proliferation activities. Todayís designations include companies supporting IRGC attempts to clandestinely ship illicit cargo around the world, including to Syria. They also target the Deputy Defense Minister and Dean of Malek Ashtar University, who is responsible for significant contributions to Iranís missile program, as well as companies and individuals supporting Iranís nuclear program.

    Today Treasury is identifying Seifollah Jashnsaz, Chairman of NICO and director of Hong Kong Intertrade Company and Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA as well as five individuals holding other leadership positions in Iranís energy sector who have been involved in Iranian attempts to evade international sanctions. These individuals work for the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), NICO, and previously-identified Iranian front companies. Specifically, they are being identified today as subject to sanctions under E.O. 13599, which, among other things, targets the Government of Iran (GOI) and persons acting for or on behalf of the GOI. In addition to Seifollah Jashnsaz, the following individuals are being identified today: Ahmad Ghalebani, managing director of NIOC and a director of both Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA and Hong Kong Intertrade Company; Farzad Bazargan, managing director of Hong Kong Intertrade Company; Hashem Pouransari, NICO official and managing director of Asia Energy General Trading LLC; and Mahmoud Nikousokhan, NIOC finance director and a director of Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA.

    In 2008, the Treasury Department identified NIOC and NICO, both centrally involved in the sale of Iranian oil, as entities that are owned or controlled by the GOI. Additionally, NIOC was determined to be an agent or affiliate of the IRGC in November 2012 and NICO was designated under E.O. 13382 in April 2013 for being owned or controlled by NIOC. In order to prevent the circumvention of the international communityís sanctions on oil trade with Iran, the Department of the Treasury later identified, among others, Switzerland-based Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)-based Asia Energy General Trading LLC, and Hong Kong-based Hong Kong Intertrade Company as front companies for NIOC or NICO.

    U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the entities and individuals listed today, and any assets of those persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen. Additionally, todayís designations under E.O. 13382 carry consequences under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA). Foreign financial institutions that knowingly facilitate significant transactions or provide significant financial services for these sanctioned entities or individuals are exposed to potential loss of access to the U.S. financial system.

    Proliferation Designations Related to the IRGC

    The IRGC continues to be a primary focus of U.S. and international sanctions against Iran because of the central role it plays in Iranís ballistic missile and nuclear programs and its involvement in serious human rights abuses. The IRGC was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 in October 2007 for having engaged in proliferation-related activities.

    Iran Air was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 in June 2011 for providing support and services to Iranís, IRGC, MODAFL, and Iranís Air Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO). Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is designating several individuals and entities that have provided support to Iran Air and are part of an Iran Air aircraft procurement and support network. This network is also related to Mahan Air and the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and has provided the support needed by these airlines to continue their operations. These activities have included ferrying military and crowd control equipment to the Assad regime as it carries out its campaign of violence against the people of Syria. Mahan Air was designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 for providing financial, material and technological support to the IRGC-QF.

    Three Iran based companies being designated today have an international footprint Ė Aban Air, DFS Worldwide and Everex Ė and are actively assisting Iran Air by providing it with financial services, aviation related procurement and freight forwarding.

    Also being designated today are senior officials of the companies - Ali Mahdavi of Aban Air, DFS Worldwide and Everex, Bahareh Mirza Hossein Yazdi of DFS Worldwide and Everex.

    Aban Air

    Aban Air has offices in Iran, the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the U.A.E. It is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for providing financial, material, and technological support to Iran Air. Aban Air pays the salaries of Iran Air employees and provides them with training. Aban Air has also attempted to acquire aircraft and aircraft parts for Iran Air, carried international freight and cargo for Iran Air, provided Iran Air pilots with non-Iranian pilot licenses and attempted to help Iran Air register its planes outside of Iran.

    Additionally, the IRGC used Aban Air to clandestinely ship cargo to and from Iran and Aban Air has held a contract with Mahan Air to carry international freight and cargo for Mahan Air.

    Ali Mahdavi

    Ali Mahdavi is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting for or on behalf of Aban Air. Mahdavi is the chairman and 50% owner of Aban Air and also leads DFS Worldwide and Everex, which were also designated today for their links to Aban Air.

    Everex

    Everex has offices in Iran, the U.K., and the U.A.E. It is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because it acts or purports to act for or on behalf of Aban Air. Everex conspired with Iran Air to import aviation parts into Iran in contravention of sanctions by falsifying end-user certificates and airway bills. Everex also worked with Aban Air to ship cargo on Iran Air from Iran to Sudan.

    DFS Worldwide

    DFS Worldwide has offices in Iran, South Africa, the U.A.E., the U.K., and Germany. It is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting for or on behalf of Everex and providing services and support to Iran Air and the IRGC. It was founded as a result of the renaming of Everex with no changes concerning addresses, clients, or personnel. DFS Worldwide is a front company for the shipment of equipment from the U.A.E. to Iran. DFS Worldwide carried international freight for Iran Air and regularly booked cargoes for Iran Air.

    In addition, DFS Worldwide also served as an expeditor of air cargo for the IRGC and the IRGC used DFS Worldwide to covertly ship cargo to and from Iran. The IRGC-QF repeatedly used DFS Worldwide to ship goods from Dubai to Tehran. DFS Worldwide carried international freight for Mahan Air. DFS Worldwide served as a general cargo and sales agent for Mahan Air, booking and issuing airway bills for Mahan Air.

    Bahareh Mirza Hossein Yazdi

    Bahareh Mirza Hossein Yazdi is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of DFS Worldwide and Everex through her position as a director for DFS Worldwide and Everex.

    Farhad Parvaresh

    Farhad Parvaresh is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting for or on behalf of Iran Air by serving as the chairman and managing director of Iran Air.

    Designations Related to the IRGC and NIOC

    Petro Green

    Petro Green, located in Malaysia, is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for providing or attempting to provide goods and services to Khatam Ol-Anbiya (KOA), a construction and engineering firm connected to the IRGC. Since at least 2009, Petro Green has been a primary procurement agent for KOA in its attempt to circumvent U.S. sanctions. KOA was designated by Treasury pursuant to E.O. 13382 on October 25, 2007 for being owned or controlled by the IRGC.

    Hossein Vaziri, Energy Global International Fze, and Global Sea Line Company Ltd.

    Hossein Vaziri is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the IRGC. Vaziri was the Managing Director of Petro Green, Energy Global International Fze, located in the U.A.E. and Global Sea Line Company Ltd. which located in Singapore. These two companies were also designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 today for being owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of Vaziri, or providing services and support to KOA. Vaziri utilizes Energy Global International and Global Sea Line to facilitate the movement of hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of NICO.

    Designation related to Iranís Nuclear Program

    Farhad Bujar

    Farhad Bujar is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting for or on behalf of the Iranian Centrifuge Technology Company (TESA). TESA was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 on November 21, 2011 and plays a crucial role in Iranís uranium enrichment nuclear program. TESA is in charge of the production of the IR-1centrifuge, the type of centrifuge Iran has used to enrich uranium.
    Farhad Bujar is the Managing Director of TESA. Through his role as Managing Director of TESA, Bujar is in charge of reviewing TESAís budget figures, including TESAís goals for optimizing first- and second generation centrifuge production lines and production of 3,000 advanced IR-2M centrifuges.

    Zolal Iran Company

    Zolal Iran Company is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for providing services or support to Iranís Modern Industries Technique Company (MITEC). MITEC was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 on November 21, 2011 by Treasury for being owned or controlled by and providing services to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

    Zolal Iran Company specializes on a project at Iranís IR-40 heavy water research reactor. Zolal Iran Company is compensated by MITEC for its work on the purification packages for Iranís IR-40 heavy water research reactor.

    Andisheh Zolal Co.

    Andisheh Zolal is beingdesignated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because it is owned or controlled by Zolal Iran Company. Andishel Zolal is a sister company of Zolal Iran Company and is co-located with Zolal Iran Company.

    Designation related to Iranís Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL)

    Reza Mozaffarinia

    Reza Mozaffarinia is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting for or on behalf of MODAFL. Mozaffarinia is MODAFLís Deputy Defense Minister and Dean of Malek Ashtar University (MUT). He is responsible for significant contributions to Iranís missile program. Mozaffarinia has been the head of MUT since at least 2009. MUT was designated on July 12, 2012 pursuant to E.O. 13382 for being owned or controlled by MODAFL. MUT was identified in the Annex to UNSCR 1929 because it is a subordinate of the Defense Technology and Science Research Center within MODAFL.

    During an interview by a network correspondent regarding the first satellite Iran successfully launched into space, the Omid satellite, Mozaffarinia stated that during the next ten years, a number of other satellites would be launched as a result of the National Aerospace Organizationís research and development efforts. In addition, Mozaffarinia claims MUT has introduced some special graduate courses which focus on research in order to train students to develop special technology targets.

    Identifying Information

    Entity: Aban Air
    AKA: Aban Air CO JPS
    Location: No.14, Imam Khomeini Airport, Airport Cargo Terminal, Tehran, Iran
    Location: No.1267, Vali Asr Avenue, Tehran 15177 36511, Iran
    Location: Unit 7, Marlin Park, Central Way, Feltham TW14 OXD, United Kingdom
    Location: No.53 Molla Sadra St. Vanak Square, Tehran 19916 14661, Iran
    Location: No 7 & 8, Main Dnata Building, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Website: www.abanair.com
    Email Address: info@abanair.com

    Name: Ali Mahdavi
    DOB: 21 April 1967
    Nationality: Iran
    Entity: Everex
    AKA: Everex Global Carrier and Cargo
    AKA: EVEREX LIMITED
    AKA: Sun Group
    AKA: Sun Group Air Travel and Air Cargo and Airport Services LTD
    Location: Office 14, Cargo Terminal, Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran, Iran
    Location: 1267 Vali-E-Asr Avenue, Tehran, Iran
    Location: No.53 Mollasadra St, Vanak Square, Tehran, Iran;
    Location: Office# J01, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Location: P.O. Box 293020, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Location: Unit 7, Marlin Park, Central Way, Feltham TW14 OXD, United Kingdom
    Website: www.everexglobal.com
    Email Address: irsales@everexglobal.com
    Email Address: uksales@everexglobal.com

    Entity: DFS Worldwide
    AKA: DFS Worldwide FZCO
    AKA: Bukovyna AE
    Location: No.53 Mollasadra Avenue, P.O. Box 1991614661, Tehran, Iran
    Location: Unit 7, Marlin Park, Central Way, Feltham, Middlesex TW14 0XD, United Kingdom
    Location: Warehouse No.J-01, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Location: P.O. Box 293020 Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Location: Cargo City South, Building 543, Frankfurt 60549, Germany
    Location: S.A. Pty Ltd Unit 8, the Meezricht Business Park, 33 Kelly Road, Jet Park, Boksburg North 1460, South Africa
    Website: www.dfsworldwide.com
    Email Address: irsales@dfsworldwide.com

    Name: Bahareh Mirza Hossein Yazdi
    AKA: Betty Yazdi
    DOB: 26 June 1978
    Nationality: United Kingdom

    Name: Farhad Ali Parvaresh
    AKA: Farhad Parvaresh
    DOB: December 1957
    Nationality: Iran
    Entity: Petro Green
    AKA: Petro Diamond
    AKA: Petrogreen
    Location: B-8-1 Block B Megan Ave. II, 12 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Name: Hossein Nosratollah Vaziri
    AKA: Ahmad Vaziri
    Title: Managing Director, Petro Green, Energy Global International FZE, Global Sea Line Company Ltd.
    Passport: Islamic Republic of Iran R19246338
    DOB: 21 March 1961
    POB: Damghan, Iran
    Nationality: Iranian
    Address: 3-C-C Impiana Condo Jalan, Ulu Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malayssia

    Entity: Energy Global International FZE
    Location: P.O. Box 1245, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Entity: Global Sea Line Company Ltd.
    Location: 10 Anson Road #31-10 International Plaza, Singapore

    Name: Farhad Bujar
    AKA: Farhad Boujar
    Role: Managing Director, TESA
    Nationality: Iran
    Passport: R10789966
    Entity: Zolal Iran Company
    Location: No. 2 Shariati Avenue, Niyam Street, Tehran Iran

    Entity: Andisheh Zolal Co.
    Location: 42 Niam Street, Shariati Avenue, P.O. Box 15875-4159, 19481, Tehran, Iran
    Name: Reza Mozaffarinia Hosein
    AKA: Reza Mozaffarinia
    AKA: Reza Mozaffari nia
    AKA: Dr. Reza Mozafarnia
    AKA: Reza Mozaffari-nia
    AKA: Reza Mozaffari-niya
    AKA: Reza Mozafarinia
    AKA: Reza Mozafari-niya
    Title: Deputy Defense Minister of MODAFL
    Title: Dean of Malek Ashtar University
    DOB: 1959
    POB: Isfahan, Iran

    Name: Ahmad Ghalebani
    AKA: Ahmad Galehbani
    AKA: Ahmad Qalehbani
    Title: Managing Director, National Iranian Oil Company
    Title: Director, Hong Kong Intertrade Company
    Title: Director, Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA
    Passport: H20676140 (IRAN)
    DOB: 1953
    Alt DOB: 1954

    Name: Seifollah Jashnsaz
    AKA: Seyfollah Jashnsaz
    AKA: Seyfollah Jashn Saz
    Title: Chairman & Director, Naft Iran Intertrade Company Ltd.
    Title: Chairman & Director, Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO) Sarl
    Title: Director, Hong Kong Intertrade Company
    Title: Chairman & Director, Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA
    Passport: R17589399 (IRAN)
    DOB: March 1958

    Name: Mahmoud Nikousokhan
    Title: Finance Director, National Iranian Oil Company
    Title: Director, Hong Kong Intertrade Company
    Title: Chairman & Director, Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA
    Passport: U14624657 (IRAN)
    DOB: 1961
    Alt DOB: 1962

    Name: Farzad Bazargan
    Title: Managing Director, Hong Kong Intertrade Company
    Passport: D14855558 (IRAN)
    Alt. Passport: Y21130717 (IRAN)
    DOB: 3 June 1956

    Name: Hashem Pouransari
    Title: Managing Director, Asia Energy General Trading LLC
    Title: Official, Naftiran Intertrade Company Sarl
    Passport: B19488852 (IRAN)

    Name: Masoud Bahadori
    Title: Managing Director, Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA
    Passport: T12828814 (IRAN)
    Last edited by Aaron; 2013-06-04, 14:42.
    Asymmetric Warfare: It's not just for the other guys.
Working...
X