On 18th July, OFAC announced it had designated a network of front companies and agents involved in the procurement of sensitive materials for sanctioned elements of Iran’s nuclear programme.   The individuals and entities targeted are based in Iran, China, and Belgium and have acted as a procurement network for Iran’s Centrifuge Technology Company (TESA), which plays a crucial role in Iran’s uranium enrichment nuclear programme through the production of centrifuges used in facilities belonging to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

  • Bakhtar Raad Sepahan – an Iranian company, in co-ordination with its Belgium-based office, facilitated deals for the purchase of hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of Chinese-origin aluminium products and their shipment from China to Iran on behalf of TESA;
  • TAWU BVBA – Bakhtaar Raad Sepahan’s Belgium-based office;
  • Sohayl Talebi – managing director of TAWU BVBA, with an extensive background in metallurgical engineering.  He co-ordinated with Karimi to procure aluminium goods on behalf of TESA;
  • Sanming Sino-Euro Import and Export Co Ltd – Chinese company established by Talebi facilitated the acquisition of, and payments for, Chinese-origin aluminium goods.  He used Sanming Sino-Euro to arrange shipments of aluminium goods to Iran;
  • Afsaneh Karimi-Adegani – an employee of Baktaar Raad Sepahan with a background specializing in aspects associated with nuclear engineering;
  • Henan Jiayuan Aluminum Industry Company Limited – a Chinese company contracted to sell aluminium goods to TAWU BVBA for use by TESA, and coordinated the shipment of the aluminium goods from China to Iran with TAWU BVBA and Bakhtar Raad Sepahan;
  • Sabz Co (aka Tamin Kalaye Sabz Aras Company) – an Iranian company held a contract with TESA for alloy parts and contracted with a Chinese company to purchase metal materials that match a part used in Iranian gas centrifuges machines;
  • Salim Borji – managing director of Sabz Co;
  • Suzhou Zhongsheng Magnetic Company Limited – contracted to sell metallic products to Sabz Co. for shipment from China to Iran;
  • Suzhou A-One Special Alloy Cc Ltd – contracted to sell metallic products to Sabz Co. for shipment from China to Iran;
  • Mehdi Najafi – a representative of Sabz Co who has worked with Chinese suppliers to procure various metallic products for TESA; and
  • Mohammad Fakhrzadeh – commercial director for TESA co-ordinated the purchase of various Chinese-origin aluminium goods that are associated with Iranian centrifuge components



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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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