Designation of Persons Linked to Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction Procurement Network (July 18)
Michael R. Pompeo
SECRETARY OF STATE
Today, the United States designated 12 entities and individuals based in Iran, Belgium, and China that are linked to the nuclear proliferation-sensitive activities of the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company – known by its Persian acronym, TESA.
The designations announced today under Executive Order 13382 target proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or WMD delivery systems and their associates. In addition to a freeze on any of their assets within the United States, the sanctioned persons and entities will be denied access to the U.S. financial system and listed online as WMD proliferators.
The United States strongly condemns Iran’s recent expansion of sensitive nuclear activities, including increasing its stockpile of low enriched uranium and enriching uranium at levels above 3.67 percent. There is no credible reason for Iran to expand its nuclear program at this time and in this way other than as a transparent attempt to extort the international community.