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07STATE68409 2007-05-18 14:04:00 SECRET Secretary of State
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POSSIBLE E.O. 13382 DESIGNATION OF DANIEL FROSCH

Tags:   PARM PREL ETTC AE 
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TO RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA IMMEDIATE 1219
RUEHAD/AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI IMMEDIATE 7799
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI IMMEDIATE 6358
					  S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 068409 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/18/2027
TAGS: PARM PREL ETTC AE
SUBJECT: POSSIBLE E.O. 13382 DESIGNATION OF DANIEL FROSCH
AND ASSOCIATED INDIVIDUALS

REF: A. 05 STATE 120771

B. ABU DHABI 493

C. ABU DHABI 422

D. 06 STATE 28289

E. 06 VIENNA 2541

F. VIENNA 626

G. MARCH 1 U.S.-UAE CTF

Classified By: ISN PDAS PATRICIA A. MCNERNEY
for reasons 1.4 (b),(C) and (D)



1. (U) This is an action request. Embassies Abu Dhabi and
Vienna and CG Dubai, please see paragraph 6.



2. (S//REL AUSTRIA) Background: Since October 2005, the USG
has been working with the government of Austria
(GoA) to bring to a halt the proliferant activities of
Austrian firm Daniel Frosch Export Industrial Spare
Parts (DFE), a company that has worked on many occasions to
procure goods for Iranian missile and defense entities. In
an effort to circumvent increasing Austrian scrutiny - and
with the intent of disguising the location of the actual
end-users (Iran) - DFE began routing shipments through the
United Arab Emirates using the Dubai-based firm Bazar Trading
Company LLC (BTC) (Ref D). Pursuant to an investigation of
DFE related to these activities, the Austrian government in
August 2006 ordered the arrest of Daniel Frosch (DFE CEO) and
Erich Frosch (DFE project manager and Daniel's father) (Ref
E). While Erich was taken into custody, Daniel evaded arrest
by taking up residence in Dubai, where he continued his
procurement work with BTC on behalf of Iran. (Note: Our last
update from the GOA was that Erich had been released on bail,
but faces charges of fraud and violating the Austrian Foreign
Trade Act. (Ref F) End note.)



3. (S//REL UAE) At the March 1 U.S.-UAE Counterproliferation
Task Force (CTF), we advised the UAEG that Frosch had sold
his shares in BTC to its managing director, Mohammad Rohani,
due to a number of payment problems Frosch had encountered
with several of his Iranian customers (including SHIG front
Tiz Pars). We also shared with UAE officials our
understanding that Frosch intended to open a new business in
his Dubai apartment in order to continue his business
dealings with Iran. In response, the UAEG indicated that BTC
would soon be shut down, and promised to follow up on our
request to curtail any further defense-related business
conducted by Daniel Frosch in the UAE (Ref G). To date, we
have not received any further word on the UAE's actions
against either BTC or Frosch. However, recent information
confirms that Frosch continues to do business with a number
of Iranian missile and defense-related firms, including the
Ammunition and Metallurgical Industries Group (AMIG) and the
Associated Fadir Industrial Factories (AFIF). As you know,
AMIG was listed in the Annex to UNSCR 1747. We also
understand that Frosch appears to be resolving some of his
financial problems, and plans to move to a new office in
Dubai.



4. (S//NF) Since Frosch appears determined to continue
providing material support for Iran's missile program, namely
the Aeorspace Industries Organization (AIO) , the U.S. is
considering Daniel Frosch, and associated persons and
entities for designation under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382.
The E.O. allows the U.S. to block or freeze the assets of
weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferators and their
supporters (ref A).




5. OBJECTIVES: Posts should:

-- Express concern of the magnitude of support and the degree
to which Frosch is complicit in providing material support to
Iran's missile program. Ask host government for any
information they may have on Daniel Frosch or any other
individuals associated with him or his erstwhile (but now
defunct) firm, Daniel Frosch Export Industrial Spare Parts
(DFE). In particular we would appreciate specific
identifying information about Daniel Frosch or others (for
Austria, this includes Erich Frosch; for the UAE, this would
include Mohammad Rohani, Mojgan Rohani, and Bazar Trading
Company) associated with him or DFE, such as passport
numbers, dates of birth, places of birth, national
identification numbers, etc. We would especially appreciate
copies of passports, visa applications, or other documents
filed with the host government that might contain such
information.

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-- explain to our GOA interlocutors that Frosch's continued
dealings with Iranian proliferants provide a strong reason to
further scrutinize his activities. The information they
provide will be invaluable in assisting the U.S. to
investigate these individuals and entities for their role in
supporting Iran's WMD proliferation-related activity.

-- express to the UAEG that the sharing of such information
is consistent with our efforts to enhance
counterproliferation cooperation through the CTF.

-- request that the UAE provide an update on its
investigation into the information provided on Frosch at the
March 1 CTF.



6. (S) ACTION REQUEST: Department requests Posts to draw
from para 2, 3 and 5, as appropriate, to seek specific
identifying information from the UAE and Austria on Daniel
Frosch. We are also interested in other individuals
associated with Daniel Frosch and the now-defunct firm known
as Daniel Frosch Export Industrial Spare Parts (DFE) that
previously lived in or transited either Austria or UAE or who
have recently received residency visas for either country.
This information will be used in our continuing investigation
of these entities and individuals for possible E.O. 13382
designations. Posts are requested to report delivery of
demarche and any immediate reaction by May 30.



7. (U) Department point of contact is Matthew Zartman,
ISN/CPI, (202) 647-7588, zartmanml@state.sgov.gov. Please
include SIPDIS in all responses.



8. (U) Department thanks Post for its assistance.
RICE