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OFAC sanctions IRGC-connected entities

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On March 30, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, as well as E.O. 13382, against an Iran-based procurement agent and his network of companies that supported the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Research and Self Sufficiency Jihad Organization (IRGC), the IRGC unit responsible for the research and development of ballistic missiles, as well as Iran’s Parchin Chemical Industries (PCI), an element of Iran’s Defense Industries Organization. Additionally, OFAC sanctioned an Iranian intermediary involved in the procurement of parts used to develop missile propellant on behalf of PCI.

According to OFAC, the sanctions follow Iran’s missile attack on March 13 in Erbil, Iraq and an Iranian-enabled Houthi missile attack against a Saudi Aramco facility on March 25, in addition to other missile attacks by Iranian proxies against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. As a result of the sanctions, all property and interests in property belonging to the sanctioned persons that are in the U.S. or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, and “any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more” by the targeted persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any dealings involving the property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons.