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06TAIPEI3306
2006-09-25 08:03:00
SECRET
American Institute Taiwan, Taipei
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MTAG: TAIWAN RESPONDS, OUTLINES APPROACH

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S E C R E T TAIPEI 003306 

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STATE FOR EAP/TC AND ISN/MTR

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/25/2026
TAGS: ETTC UNSCR TW NKWG
SUBJECT: MTAG: TAIWAN RESPONDS, OUTLINES APPROACH

REF: A. STATE 156220


B. STATE 155015

C. NEELY-HARDIMAN EMAIL 9/20/06

Classified By: AIT Acting Deputy Director Daniel K. Moore, REASONS 1.4
B/C

S E C R E T TAIPEI 003306

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SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/TC AND ISN/MTR

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/25/2026
TAGS: ETTC UNSCR TW NKWG
SUBJECT: MTAG: TAIWAN RESPONDS, OUTLINES APPROACH

REF: A. STATE 156220


B. STATE 155015

C. NEELY-HARDIMAN EMAIL 9/20/06

Classified By: AIT Acting Deputy Director Daniel K. Moore, REASONS 1.4
B/C


1. (S) Summary: On September 21, AIT delivered to the Taiwan
Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) Ref A talking points on
outstanding export control "gameplan" issues. BOFT's initial
reaction was positive. AIT took the opportunity to deliver
Ref B comments on export license WA060811144915003. End
summary.


2. (S) BOFT indicated that it thought the talking points
described a practical approach that would allow progress
towards the gameplan goals to be achieved in manageable
stages. BOFT Export Control Task Force Head Wally Su told
AIT that he agreed with Ref A that a logical first step to
controlling SCL items transiting/transshipped through Taiwan
would be to start collecting detailed manifest data from any
ships/cargoes in route to North Korea or Iran.

Undeclared SCL Items Will Be Detained
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3. (S) Su noted (as previously reported) Taiwan has already
announced a requirement effective on September 15 that any
item from Taiwan's Sensitive Commodities List (SCL),
including the 433 items added since the gameplan was
accepted, must have official approval to be shipped via
Taiwan ports to North Korea or Iran. In order to start
enforcing this requirement, Su indicated that Customs will
inspect ships bound for North Korea or Iran, and if any SCL
item is found on the ship that was not declared on the ship's
manifest, Customs will detain the cargo and fine the shipping
company.

Until Technical Problems Resolved
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4. (S) As part of an early stage of implementation of
Taiwan's gameplan commitments, Su said, Taiwan could collect
and compile information from the ship manifests on which
companies were involved in trade with North Korea and the
types of commodities being traded. He thought that until the
November 13-17 U.S.-Taiwan export control discussions resolve
the outstanding technical issues related to the difficulty of
giving 25-working days advance notice on
transit/transshipment licenses, Taiwan authorities would
decide after interagency consultation whether or not to allow
any manifested SCL item to transit Taiwan and continue on to
North Korea or Iran.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs/North Korea and Iran
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5. (S) AIT has scheduled a meeting with the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Consular Affairs Bureau for the morning of
September 28 to again deliver the ref A talking points and to
further discuss how to handle applications for Taiwan visas
from current or former DPRK or Iran nationals.

Responses on Specific License Applications
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6. (S) AIT took the opportunity to deliver Ref B comments on
export license WA060811144915003. BOFT also said it is still
waiting for a response to its comments on case
WCA060814101242006 relayed via unclass email (Ref C).
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