U.S. Sanctions Six Iranian Firms (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/29/12)
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The U.S. has hit six Iranian firms and shipping executives with
sanctions, for allegedly dealing in weapons of mass destruction and
ballistic missile technology, The Associated Press reported.
The latest action by the Treasury Department freezes any assets that
the companies and individuals have in U.S. jurisdictions and bars
Americans from doing business with them.
Two of the companies are affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary
Guard Corps, AP noted, adding that the two firms, based in Malta, and
the executives are part of Iran’s national shipping line.
The Treasury Department said the sanctions “further expose” their
continued involvement in illicit activities and deceptive behavior.
Affected are the Iran Maritime Industrial Company SADRA, Deep
Offshore Technology PJS, the Malship Shipping Agency Ltd., Modality
Limited and shipping officials Seyed Alaeddin and Sadat Rasool.
Earlier on Wednesday, a new report prepared for the U.S. Congress
revealed that neither the U.S. nor Israel knows exactly where all of
Iran’s nuclear facilities are.
The report by U.S. congressional researchers says that
Iran´s “workshops” for making nuclear centrifuges and components for
the devices are widely dispersed and hidden.
Analysts for the Congressional Research Service wrote in the report
that neither Israel nor the U.S. is certain of the locations of all
such facilities. The report is based on interviews with current and
former U.S. government officials familiar with the issue who were not
Negotiations between Iran and the group of P5+1 – consisting of the
five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany – are
expected to resume in April.
Tehran signaled ahead of the talks that it is willing to
allow “permanent human monitoring” of its nuclear sites and “full
transparency” if the West agrees to sell it enriched uranium and
provide civilian nuclear assistance. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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