The Federal government last week issued sanctions against a 53-year-old Iranian and Iraqi national and his company on allegations that he provided substantial assistance to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF).
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) says the individual has a long history of supporting IRGC-QF, including assisting with the previously-designated entity’s efforts at obtaining weaponry, including missiles.
In addition to weapons, OFAC asserts that the individual has also facilitated entry into port of vessels owned and operated by IRGC-QF and has leveraged his business and connections related to it to help overcome logistical obstacles facing IRGC-QF’s arms shipments.
OFAC also claims the individual has long aided IRGC-QF in business pursuits. The Office cites an alleged instance in 2019 of the individual’s firm being used to obtain an oil tanker for IRGC-QF, assisting the group in evading sanctions and raising money despite international embargoes against the Iranian state.
As is the case with all such designations by OFAC, Americans are not permitted to conduct business with the individual and his business, and those foreign or domestic parties who knowingly continue such are themselves subject to sanction by the Office.
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