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New U.S. Department of State Memorial Honors Fallen Advisors

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 14, 2013

 


 

 

The U.S. Department of State has commissioned a new memorial to honor personnel who lost their lives while supporting overseas criminal justice assistance programs. These criminal justice advisors, including police, corrections, and support staff will now be honored through a permanent memorial housed at the Department’s Headquarters.

  • The memorial to the fallen advisors commemorates 86 personnel who lost their lives between 1989 and 2012 while supporting U.S. Department of State criminal justice missions abroad administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
  • Most of the personnel died supporting missions in Iraq (28), Peru (18), Afghanistan (15), Colombia (14), and Bosnia (5).
  • The memorial honors all personnel, regardless of nationality, who died while supporting INL’s criminal justice programs. Sixty-seven U.S. citizens are listed alongside 19 non-U.S. citizens. The U.S. citizens hailed from 26 different states.
  • Most of the personnel memorialized on the wall were contract employees; others include U.S. Federal Agents. Many of those killed were former police officers, corrections officers, support staff, security professionals, and drug eradication pilots.
  • Many of the contract employees were employees of DynCorp International, Engility Corporation, Pacific Architects and Engineering and Civilian Police International.
  • The wall itself measures 54”x36” and consists of a glass panel with the world map etched on it. On top of this large glass panel are three individual panels with the names, dates of death and location of death of the honorees.

For further information, please contact INL-PAPD@state.gov.

PRN: 2013/0562

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Increasing Sanctions Against Iran

English: Coat of arms of the Islamic Republic ...

English: Coat of arms of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Stylized version of Arabic script of Allah (الله, with the central lam shaped to look like a sword.) Deutsch: Wappen der Islamischen Republik Iran Македонски: Грб на Исламската Република Иран (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THE FOLLOWING IS A FACT SHEET RELEASED TODAY BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 12, 2012

 


I. Targeting Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities

One set of today’s actions targets Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation activities by designating entities and individuals that are part of the international procurement and nuclear proliferation operations of Iran’s Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL); Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO); Iran’s national maritime carrier, Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL); and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – all of which have been previously designated under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, “Blocking Property of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and Their Supporters.” Treasury today is also updating the identifying information for 57 vessels affiliated with IRISL that had been renamed or reflagged since they were originally designated by Treasury, and identifying seven vessels affiliated with IRISL that have not been identified previously. U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with individuals or entities designated pursuant to E.O 13382, and any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction are blocked.

Designations Related to MODAFL and AIO

Iran’s Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) oversees Iran’s ballistic missile program. It is designated by the United States pursuant to E.O. 13382 in 2007, and has brokered a number of transactions involving materials and technologies with ballistic missile applications. Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO), a subsidiary of MODAFL, oversees all of Iran’s missile industries and was listed in the Annex to E.O. 13382. Today’s MODAFL- and AIO-related designations under E.O. 13382 include:

  • Electronic Components Industries Co. (ECI) and Information Systems Iran (ISIRAN)

Electronic Components Industries Co. (ECI) and Information Systems Iran (ISIRAN) are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because they are owned or controlled by Iran Electronics Industries (IEI), which was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 in 2008 for being owned or controlled by MODAFL. IEI offers a diversified range of military products including electro-optics and lasers, communication equipment, telecommunication security equipment, electronic warfare equipment, new and refurbished radar tubes, and missile launchers. IEI manufactures military tactical communication systems and also electronic field telephones and switchboards.

ECI conducts work on military and civilian projects, to include semi-conductors, multilayer single and double sided printed circuit boards, hybrid circuits, quartz crystals and oscillators, high purity oxygen and nitrogen gases, micromodules and electronic ceramics.

ISIRAN is one of the largest and most experienced information technology companies in Iran with expertise in building mainframes, minicomputers and PC hardware, software and maintenance as well as total solution turn-key projects.

To view identifying information for ECI click here.

To view identifying information for ISIRAN click here.

  • Advanced Information and Communication Technology Center

Advanced Information and Communication Technology Center (AICTC) is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because it has provided technological or other support for, or services in support of ISIRAN. According to information available from computers abandoned by Hamid Reza Rabiee in the United States, AICTC executes work projects on behalf of ISIRAN. AICTC has five research groups in the fields of Enterprise Software Solutions, Multimedia Systems, Mobile Value-Added Services, Wireless and P2P Networks and Bioinformatics. It also does work on GIS/GPS based tracking systems and more.

To view identifying information for AICTC click here.

  • Hamid Reza Rabiee

Hamid Reza Rabiee, a software engineer, is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of AICTC. According to information available from computers abandoned by Rabiee in the United States, he has coordinated directly with ISIRAN to establish and execute contracts benefitting ISIRAN. Rabiee is the chief architect and founder of AICTC, and is the current director of the organization.

To view identifying information for Rabiee click here.

  • Digital Media Lab (DML) and Value-Added Services Laboratory (VASL)

Digital Media Lab (DML) and Value-Added Services Laboratory (VASL) were designated for being owned or controlled by, or acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of Hamid Reza Rabiee and AICTC. According to publicly available information, Rabiee is the founder and director of DML and VASL.

To view identifying information for DML click here.

To view identifying information for VASL click here.

  • Ministry of Defense Logistics Export (MODLEX)

MODLEX is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because it is owned or controlled by, or acts or purports to act, for or on behalf of, MODAFL. As MODAFL’s primary exporting entity since 2009, MODLEX was involved in the trade of exportable military products to countries including Sri Lanka, Sudan, Burma, Bangladesh and Nigeria, all in contravention of UNSCR 1747 (2007). UNSCR 1747 prohibits Iran from selling any arms or related material. MODLEX represents Iran at arms trade fairs worldwide advertising Iranian military products for sale. MODLEX also conducts limited procurement activities on behalf of MODAFL elements such as Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO), AIO, and Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG). Both DIO and SBIG are sanctioned under UNSCR 1737 for their links to Iran’s missile program through MODAFL and AIO, respectively.

The Annex to UNSCR 1929 (2010) lists MODLEX as an entity involved in Iran’s nuclear or ballistic missile activities and identified MODLEX as being owned or controlled by MODAFL.

To view identifying information for MODLEX click here.

  • Daniel Frosch and International General Resourcing FZE

Daniel Frosch is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for providing or attempting to provide material support for AIO.

Daniel Frosch for several years has shown a steady pattern of providing support to Iran’s missile program, including Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG) and SBIG, by supplying it with sensitive material. He started dealing with Iran’s missile industry while in his home country of Austria, under his now defunct company Daniel Frosch Exports. He moved to the United Arab Emirates(UAE) in 2006, where he continued supporting Iran’s weapons programs. Frosch has supplied Iran’s missile industry with a wide range of goods, including electronics, testing equipment, and raw materials such as graphite with potential applications in Iran’s ballistic missile program. Frosch is the owner of International General Resourcing FZE, located in the UAE.

SHIG was identified in the Annex to E.O. 13382 and is tied to Iran’s ballistic missile research, development, and production activities. SHIG was also listed in the Annex to UNSCR 1737.

To view identifying information for Daniel Frosch click here.

To view identifying information for International General Resourcing FZE click here.

  • Malek Ashtar University

Malek Ashtar University is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for being owned or controlled by MODAFL. Malek Ashtar University was established in 1986 by Iran’s Ministry of Higher Education and the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, and it is one of the major research institutes and educational centers contained under the MODAFL umbrella.

Malek Ashtar University was identified in the Annex to UNSCR 1929 because it is a subordinate of the Defense Technology and Science Research Center (DTSRC) within MODAFL. The European Union designated Malek Ashtar University on June 24, 2008, because Malek Ashtar University is linked to MODAFL. The University also created a missile training program in 2003 in close collaboration with AIO.

To view identifying information for Malek Ashtar University click here.

Actions Related to Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL)

IRISL, Iran’s national maritime carrier, was designated by Treasury pursuant to E.O. 13382 in September 2008 for its provision of logistical services to MODAFL.

  • Good Luck Shipping

Good Luck Shipping (GLS), which is located in the UAE, is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because it acts or purports to act for or on behalf of IRISL. GLS was established to replace Great Ocean Shipping Services, which was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 in June 2011.

Great Ocean Shipping Services (Great Ocean), along with Oasis Freight Agency LLC (Oasis) and Pearl Ship Management LLC (Pearl), are being removed from the SDN List because they were liquidated and struck from the Dubai, UAE commercial register. Great Ocean was designated in June 2011 for acting for or on behalf of IRISL affiliate Oasis and/or IRISL. Oasis was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 in September 2008 for being owned or controlled by, or acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, IRISL. Pearl was also designated in June 2011 for acting for or on behalf of Oasis and/or IRISL.

To view identifying information for Good Luck Shipping click here.

  • Identification of Renamed, Reflagged Vessels and Additional IRISL Vessels

Today, Treasury updated its List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) entries for 57 vessels affiliated with IRISL that, since their original identification, have been renamed and/or reflagged by IRISL and its affiliates. OFAC is also identifying 7 additional vessels as blocked property in which IRISL has an interest. Including today’s additions, Treasury has identified 155 ships as blocked property in which IRISL or designated IRISL affiliates have an interest.

To view a list of identified vessels click here (including updated IRISL ship names) click here.

Designation of IRGC Officer

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

  • Ali Fadavi

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Ali Fadavi is being designated under E.O. 13382 for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the IRGC. Fadavi was appointed by the Supreme Leader Khamenei as the new IRGC Navy Commander on May 3, 2010. On September 21, 2010, the Defense Ministry of Iran announced that it had delivered the third generation of the domestically designed and manufactured Fateh-110 high-precision ballistic missiles to the IRGC. Fadavi was present at the ceremony where the missiles were delivered. In November 2010 under Fadavi’s leadership, the IRGCNavy organized and trained around 60,000 Basij students who received instruction in techniques aimed to confront enemies of Iran. Fadavi claimed that around 100,000 students had become members of the Shahid Fahmideh Rahrovan camp of Basij forces in Bandar Abbas after the launch of the education project.

The European Union designated Fadavi on July 26, 2010, pursuant to European Union Council authorities, for his role as an IRGC Navy Commander.

To view identifying information for Ali Fadavi click here.

Designation of Nuclear Procurement Entities

  • Pentane Chemistry Industries

Pentane Chemistry Industries (PCI) is being designated for engaging or attempting to engage in activities that have materially contributed to, or posed a risk of contributing to, the development of Iran’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) programs.

PCI is an Iranian entity involved in building distillation columns for the production of heavy water for use in Iran’s IR-40 heavy water reactor, under construction in Arak, Iran. Since late 2009 PCI has been in charge of the distillation column project at this reactor. PCI has also attempted to procure phosphor bronze mesh as recently as July 2011. Phosphor bronze mesh can be used in distillation columns for final enrichment of heavy water. PCI began manufacturing phosphor bronze mesh screens for the distillation columns in March 2012. Chemically-treated phosphor bronze, when knitted into mesh screens, will be used as packing in the IR-40 distillation columns.

To view identifying information for PCI click here.

  • Hossein Tanideh

Hossein Tanideh was a procurement agent for Iran’s nuclear program through late 2011. He was the Vice President of Iran’s Pentane Chemistry Industries Board of Directors as well as Managing Director of the Sherkate Sakhtemani Rahtes Sahami Company (also known as the Rahtes Company). Tanideh in 2010 and 2011 attempted to procure items for probable use in distillation columns for Iran’s 40-megawatt heavy water research reactor.

To view identifying information for Hossein Tanideh click here.

  • Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation

The Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation (CITC) is in a position to support a range of Iran’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and military procurement objectives. It has been assessed that CITC facilitates procurement and technology transfer from the science community to the military services.

To view identifying information for CITC click here.

II. Preventing the Circumvention of International Sanctions

To prevent the circumvention of international sanctions on Iran, including sanctions on oil trade with Iran, Treasury is publicly exposing numerous entities that are part of the Government of Iran. Treasury is identifying these Government of Iran entities pursuant to E.O. 13599, which blocks all property and interests in property within U.S. jurisdiction of the Government of Iran and of Iranian financial institutions, and prohibits U.S. persons or those within U.S. jurisdiction from having dealings with them. These identifications are being issued to assist U.S. persons in complying with E.O. 13599, but are not required for E.O. 13599 to apply. Every entity that meets the definition of Government of Iran or an Iranian financial institution under E.O. 13599 is blocked, regardless of whether it has been identified and added to the SDN List. Today’s actions include:

  • Exposing front companies involved in Iran’s oil trade

Aiming to undercut Iran’s attempts to obscure Iran’s petroleum trade in the face of increasing international sanctions, Treasury is identifying Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA (Petro Suisse), an entity incorporated in Switzerland; Hong Kong Intertrade Company, a Hong Kong-based entity; Noor Energy (Malaysia) Ltd, an entity incorporated in Malaysia; and Petro Energy Intertrade Company, an entity operating out of Dubai, as blocked pursuant to E.O. 13599 because they are owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the Government of Iran. Each of these entities are front companies for the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Naftiran Intertrade Company Ltd. (NICO), or Naftiran Intertrade Co. (NICO) Sarl (NICO Sarl).

Prior to the issuance of E.O. 13599, Iran’s NIOC, NICO, and NICO Sarl, a Swiss subsidiary of NICO, were identified in 2008, by OFAC as entities that are owned or controlled by the Government of Iran within the meaning of the Iranian Transactions Regulations. U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with NIOC, NICO, and NICO Sarl, without authorization from OFAC.

To view the identifying information for Petro Suisse click here.

To view the identifying information for Noor Energy click here.

To view the identifying information for Petro Energy click here.

To view the identifying information for Hong Kong Intertrade Company click here.

  • Identification of additional Iranian financial institutions

The 20 Iranian financial institutions identified in today’s action constitute new additions to the SDN List that were blocked pursuant to E.O. 13599 on February 5, 2012. Three of the entities identified today have previously been designated by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) under other authorities, and their entries on the SDN List have been updated to reflect their status as Iranian financial institutions.

These identifications, which include the publication of the names and aliases of the Iranian financial institutions, are intended to aid the public in meeting its obligations under E.O. 13599.

To receive a list of these 20 Iranian financial institutions please contact Treasury Public Affairs

  • Identification of NITC Vessels

Treasury is identifying 58 National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) vessels, as well as NITC and 27 of its affiliated entities, as blocked or “frozen” pursuant to E.O. 13599. The NITC entities have been identified as Government of Iran entities, and the NITC vessels have been identified as property of the Government of Iran. These identifications will aid companies and individuals in complying with sanctions against the Government of Iran and undermine Iran’s attempts to use NITC front companies or renamed vessels to evade sanctions.

click here (including updated ship names) click here.

U.S.-India Bilateral Security and Regional Cooperation

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THE FOLLOWING IS A FACT SHEET RELEASED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 13, 2012

 


Since the inauguration of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in 2010, the United States and India have advanced their security cooperation in a range of critical areas, including defense cooperation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and research and development, Afghan security, counterpiracy and maritime security, counterterrorism, homeland, and border security, cyber security and cybercrime, illicit finance, and megacity policing. This remarkable growth has been realized through a range of enhanced consultations and formal dialogues, including the Defense Policy Group, the Homeland Security Dialogue Ministerial, the Counterterrorism Joint Working Group, ongoing Cyber Consultations, Political-Military talks, and our Strategic Dialogue. A number of recent developments highlight the ongoing strong momentum in security and defense cooperation:

Defense Cooperation

  • Defense Sales and Co-Production: The United States and India continue to develop their defense partnership through military sales and joint research, co-production and co-development. With more than $9 billion dollars in sales over the last decade and another $10 billion in the pipeline, U.S. defense sales to India will create hundreds of U.S. jobs.
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Peacekeeping: Through defense sales, the United States and India will have the largest C-17 transport fleets in the world, strengthening their ability to deliver humanitarian assistance across the region and facilitating their continued roles in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world.
  • Joint Military Exercises: In 2011 the United States participated in 56 cooperative events across all services with India—more than India has with any other country. These include the Malabar, Shatrujeet, and Yudh Abhayas exercises.
  • Recovery of U.S. Service Member Remains: In support of the United States’ commitment to accounting for all Americans missing from past conflicts, India has agreed to resume U.S. missions to recover service member remains in India. There are an estimated 400 unaccounted for U.S. service members in Northeast India, primarily as a result of WWII aircraft crashes.

Regional Stability

  • Afghanistan and Regional Stability: In support of advancing stability in Afghanistan, India has committed over $2 billion to development since 2001. In addition, both India and the United States have signed Strategic Partnership Agreements with Afghanistan and continue to partner in support of security.

Homeland and Cyber Security

  • Homeland Security: Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute has visited India and received a range of high-level Indian officials in Washington in support of the Department of Homeland Security-Ministry of Home Affairs led Homeland Security Dialogue inaugurated by President Obama in 2010. DHS and MHA are conducting a range of reciprocal visits, including: air and sea port exchange visits to Washington, DC, New York City and Los Angeles; port security visits to Kandla, Mundra, Mumbai and Chennai; and law enforcement exchange visits in Washington, DC and New York City. These visits and exchanges will facilitate sharing of best practices, training, tactics, techniques and procedures to address terrorist threats.
  • Counterterrorism: The State Department, through its Antiterrorism Assistance programs, conducted eight courses in India in 2011 and will provide 14 courses in 2012 on topics ranging from bomb blast investigation, critical incident management, and tactical commanders training to cyber investigations and forensics.
  • Disaster Management and Preparedness: In support of disaster management, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency is sponsoring a reverse trade mission in autumn 2012 to bring officials from India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority and leading states to meet with U.S. response and preparedness equipment, technology, and service providers. This initiative builds on an ongoing feasibility project with MHA to establish an integrated emergency communications system and supporting infrastructure in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, funded by USTDA and cost-shared by a U.S. firm; this project is helping to define standards for national implementation of emergency communications used by first responders.
  • Cyber Security: India and the U.S. recently held another successful round of cyber security consultations chaired by their national security councils. The delegations agreed to form a working group chaired by the State Department and the Ministry of External Affairs to further discuss international norms in cyberspace and internet governance. The group will also work to coordinate national positions in advance of important international cyber events. Robust operational cooperation continues between the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S.-CERT) and India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN).

PRN: 2012/967