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Office of the Spokesman
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October 24, 2008
Questions Taken at October 24, 2008 Daily Press Briefing

Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act Sanctions (Taken Question)

Questions:  Please identify the U.S. companies that allegedly provided weapons and sensitive technology to the specific countries sanctioned by the U.S. and published in the October 22, 2008 Federal Register? What is the U.S. response to companies who call the State Department’s actions unscrupulous competition? Is this a new set of sanctions on the Russian company Rosoboronexport since this is the second time it has been listed?

Answer: The Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) only provides the authority to impose sanctions on foreign persons and entities with respect to whom there is credible information that the person has transferred to or acquired from Iran, North Korea, and Syria certain controlled goods, services, or technology.

The October 22, 2008 determination did not impose any sanctions on countries. The sanctions apply only to the specific named foreign entities and not to their respective countries or governments.

We impose sanctions because foreign companies proliferate Weapons of Mass Destruction, other dangerous weapons and related material as defined under the Act. Sanctions were imposed because there was credible information indicating that these entities had transferred to or acquired from Iran, North Korea, or Syria a) goods, services, or technology listed on multilateral export control lists (e.g., Australia Group, Chemical Weapons Convention, Missile Technology Control Regime, Nuclear Suppliers Group, Wassenaar Arrangement) and certain other items that could make a material contribution to weapons of mass destruction or cruise and ballistic missiles. 

This is a new determination on Rosoboronexport.

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Released on October 24, 2008

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