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US sanctions 22 foreign entities, individuals based on Nonproliferation Act

US Treasury Department
US Treasury Department

Reported by PMOI/MEK

 

May 24, 2019 - The United States has imposed sanctions on 22 foreign entities and individuals in four countries pursuant to the "Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act", according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher A. Ford. These sanctions have been stated officially in the Federal Register.

Detailing information on the sanctions against these 22 foreign entities and individuals, Dr. Ford tweeted that among those sanctioned are nine entities/individuals who have supported Iran’s ballistic missile program, including the notorious Chinese serial proliferator Li Fangwei (also known as Karl Lee) and his company, Sinotech Carbon and Graphite Corp.

Regarding the Li Fangwei Company, Dr. Ford said this firm “faces sanctions under the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) for supplying Iran with gyroscopes and accelerometers, which are controlled by the Missile Technology Control Regime. These two technologies are critical elements for any missile program.”

“Li Fangwei conceals his proliferation activities with Iran by hiding behind a complex network of cover companies, aliases, and personas. As the U.S. continues to target Li with sanctions, he sets up new ‘clean’ companies to continue his proliferation,” Dr. Ford added.

Li Fangwei ships goods out of China via normal commercial shipping channels and supplies a wide variety of components to Iran in part because of China’s weak export control system, according to Dr. Ford.

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