U.S. Treasury Department links four companies to Iran's WMD program

The U.S. Treasury Department recently announced that four companies and one individual have been designated as proliferators of weapons of mass destruction with ties to Iran.

Under Executive Order 13382, the U.S. government can prohibit all financial transactions between designees and any U.S. person, and freeze any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction. The order is aimed at isolating proliferators and their supporters financially.

The SAD Import Export Company, Chemical Industries and Development of Materials Group, and Marine Industries Organization were identified as proliferators working in conjunction with Iran's Defense Industries Organization or the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics. Mustafa Esbati, the director of Marine Industries Organization, was also included among the designees.

Doostan International Company was designated as a WMD proliferator for aiding Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization.

The SAD Import Export Company was accused of shipping components for missiles and mortars to the Syrian government on behalf of the DIO. The Treasury Department said that such weapons have been used against the Syrian civilian population.

"We will continue to expose the companies and individuals involved in Iran's illicit weapons program," Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said. "We will also continue to work to hold Iran accountable for its failure to meet its international non-proliferation obligations and to expose its support of the al-Assad regime's violence."