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OFAC Sanctions Chinese Air Freight Firm For Alleged Ties To Iranian Terrorism

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The Federal government last week announced sanctions against a Chinese air logistics firm it accuses of aiding Iran’s previously-sanctioned Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) in its involvement in corruption and acts of terror throughout the world.

On Tuesday the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued the designation against the Shanghai-based firm, bringing its total number of general sales agent (GSA) designations to seven.

Per OFAC, the airline has supported terrorism by moving individuals and matériel to many destinations on behalf of IRGC-QF. Among its more frequent ports of call is Syria, where OFAC alleges it has aided in supporting the forces loyal to Bashir Assad. In addition, investigators say the airline works to supply the Maduro regime in Venezuela by transporting engineers and equipment made from Chinese materials in contravention of international sanctions.

According to OFAC, support of the Maduro regime in Venezuela has aided it in an effort at reviving energy production, which has suffered due to continued mismanagement by the government. In exchange for such help, the Office says the Maduro regime has compensated the airline firm not with cash but with gold bars taken from the Central Bank of Venezuela.

The airline’s initial designation came in the fall of 2011 for allegedly supporting IRGC-QF. The intervening years have seen several more such sanctions by OFAC due to its continued alleged support for global terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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