MEK Iran: 125 Iran-linked Ships Sanctioned by US
The United States Treasury Department has sanctioned 125 ships and tankers linked to the Iranian regime’s Shipping Lines because of their links to anti-proliferation activities.
The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control released the list on Monday saying that the change was made because of the links these ships have to nuclear disarmament activities and that the sanctions are based on the anti-nuclear program law for Iran.
Sanctions against IRISL and E-Sail Shipping Company come into effect today. Despite Iran’s claims that it will never develop nuclear weapons and associated delivery systems, the Iranian regime has continued to pursue and procure proliferation-sensitive items.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 8, 2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference: “Six months ago, I announced that the United States would take action against these entities [the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and its Shanghai-based subsidiary, E-Sail Shipping Company Ltd (E-Sail)] pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets WMD proliferators and their supporters.”
He noted that those exporting humanitarian goods to Iran were given 180 days to find other shipping methods, but that this time limit has now ended and that anyone working with these companies may be subjected to US sanctions.
Sanctioned #Iran'ian Ship Seized off #Libya's Coast
Authorities in the United Nations-backed Libyan government have seized a US and European Union-sanctioned Iranian vessel off the coast of Misrata amid claims it was carrying weapons. https://t.co/zMYnuObt0R pic.twitter.com/SVvrg6zUev
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) April 29, 2019
Pompeo said: “IRISL has repeatedly transported items related to Iran’s ballistic missile and military programs and is also a longstanding carrier of other proliferation-sensitive items, including Nuclear Suppliers-Group controlled items. Despite Iran’s claims that it will never develop nuclear weapons and associated delivery systems, the Iranian regime has continued to pursue and procure proliferation-sensitive items in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.”
He said that the international community should acknowledge Iran’s continued deception and take heed the US’s evidence of such.
Indeed, Iran just recently sent five tankers of oil to Venezuela in spite of US sanctions on Iranian oil in order to get $500 million in gold, which will be used to suppress the Iranian people, increase regional warmongering, and bolster the regime’s terrorist groups across the Middle East.
Both countries are under US sanctions, with Iran bankrupted from a lack of oil revenues and Venezuela not able to power their country because they have no oil. Both countries would have been soon at the mercy of their angry populace had they not done this, which is a pity because two autocrats might have been removed from power.
Of course, this is nothing new. Venezuela has been helping the regime for decades, with a former US official telling the Washington Free Beacon in 2013 that “billions” of dollars have been laundered through the Venezuelan economy by various Iranian enterprises.
The international community should stand with the US and block all funding of the mullahs’ warmongering and oppression.
Revelations at a press conference in the U.K. Parliament, the NCRI presented new information gathered by one of its coalition members, the Iranian main opposition group, the (PMOI /MEK Iran), exposing a network of illicit docks run by the IRGC in southern Iran.
The press conference also revealed details and previously unseen intelligence on IRGC controlled front companies engaged in smuggling arms for the Tehran regime’s proxies in the region, particularly those operating in Yemen.
One of these front companies is the Admiral Group Shipping Company, with offices in Tehran and Dubai. It started its activities in 2012 and is owned by Ali Shamkhani’s children. Shamkhani himself was a former commander of the IRGC Naval Force and former Minister of Defence. He serves today as the Secretary of Supreme National Security Council that is involved in planning Tehran’s support for terrorism and destabilizing role abroad.
The Hafez Daraya Shipping Company was another front company to be exposed to. It is used as a container transport company for many IRGC companies, with a fleet of 29 vessels to that end. It uses these vessels to transport goods to many different countries in the Middle East and worldwide and is responsible for shipping goods for the IRGC’s main engineering arm, the Khatam-al-Anbiya.
Ninety docks, about 45 percent of Iran’s official total, belong to the IRGC and the import and export of illicit goods from these docks amount to 12 billion dollars annually, according to the NCRI’s revelation at the conference.