Sanctions: U.S. Designated 5 Iranian And Entities for Sanctions on Russia’s Technology Companies and Cyber Actors

WASHINGTON, DC (April 1, 2022)—The United States is designating five Iranian individuals and entities for sanctions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery for their involvement in Iran’s ballistic missile-related activities.

The US has taken this action following Iran’s recent missile attack on Erbil, Iraq, as well as missile attacks by Iranian proxies against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“These attacks are a reminder that Iran’s development and proliferation of ballistic missiles pose a serious threat to regional and international security.” said Antony Blinken.

Iranian procurement agent Mohammad Ali Hosseini and four companies in his network, Iran-based Jestar Sanat Delijan, Sina Composite Delijan Company, Sayehban Sepehr Delijan, and P.B. Sadr Company, have been involved in efforts to procure equipment used to produce ballistic missile propellant and related materials in support of Iran’s missile program.

This international procurement network operated on behalf of the IRGC Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization (RSSJO) and Parchin Chemical Industries (PCI) – which is designated for sanctions by the United Nations under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.

“The United States will not stand by while Iranian networks support UN-designated entities such as PCI.” said Antony Blinken.

“Iran’s ballistic missile-related activities continue to destabilize the Middle East region, and the United States will continue to use every tool at our disposal to disrupt them. We will also continue working with others in the region to hold Iran accountable for its actions, including violations of the sovereignty of its neighbors.” said U.S. Secretary of State Blinken.

Last weekend, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told European Parliament that Russian objections were overcome, but talks stuck over Tehran’s demand to delist the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. 

the United States is designating 21 entities and 13 individuals.  Of those being designated, 10 of those individuals and 17 entities are involved in sanctions evasion networks to procure of western technology.  These designations will further impede Russia’s access to western technology and the international financial system.  We will continue to target President Putin’s war machine with sanctions from every angle, until this senseless war of choice is over.  The Russian Federation not only continues to violate the sovereignty of Ukraine with its attacks, but it is escalating the devastation of population centers, including schools, hospitals, residential areas, and places where civilians are taking shelter from the Russian bombardment.

“The United States  also designated three individuals for their involvement in malicious cyber activities, one of whom the Department of Justice indicted  last week.  The United States will continue to hold President Putin’s cyber actors to account for disruptive, destructive, or otherwise destabilizing cyber activity targeting the United States and its allies and partners,” according to US Secretary of State Blinken.

“In addition to the sanctions imposed , the Department of the Treasury is also expanding its Russia sanctions authorities.  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with me, identified the aerospace, marine, and electronics sectors of the Russian Federation economy pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of Executive Order 14024.  This allows for sanctions to be imposed on any individual or entity determined to operate or have operated in any of those sectors and provides an expanded ability to swiftly impose additional economic costs on Russia for its war of choice in Ukraine.”

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Source: US Department of State and Vienna International News

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