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08STATE111883
2008-10-21 13:37:00
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Secretary of State
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IRAN, NORTH KOREA, AND SYRIA NONPROLIFERATION

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AMEMBASSY CARACAS PRIORITY
						S E C R E T STATE 111883 


E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/12/2032
TAGS: PARM MTCRE PREL MNUC ETTC IR VE

SUBJECT: IRAN, NORTH KOREA, AND SYRIA NONPROLIFERATION
ACT -- NOTIFICATION OF SANCTIONS AGAINST A VENEZUELAN
ENTITY

Classified By: WHA AS THOMAS A. SHANNON FOR REASONS 1.4 (B),
(D), AND (H)



1. (U) This is an action request.



2. (S) Action Request: The United States will
announce in the Federal Register on Wednesday,
October 22 the imposition of sanctions under the Iran
North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).
Thirteen entities in eight countries are included.
One Venezuelan entity, Venezuelan Military Industries
Company (CAVIM), will be among those sanctioned. Post
is requested to pre-notify the GOV in advance of the
publication of the sanction against CAVIM. Please
draw from the talking points in paragraph five.
Talking points also may be provided as a non-paper.



3. (S) Background: The Iran, North Korea, and Syria
Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) requires periodic
reports to Congress identifying foreign entities with
respect to whom there is credible information
indicating that they have transferred to or acquired
from Iran, North Korea or Syria goods, services, or
technology on multilateral control lists (Australia
Group, Chemical Weapons Convention, Missile
Technology Control Regime, Nuclear Suppliers Group,
and the Wassenaar Arrangement) or certain other items
with the potential to make a material contribution to
WMD development or missile programs.



4. (S) The USG has determined that the Venezuelan
Military Industries Company (CAVIM) has engaged in
activities, as noted above, that warrant the
imposition of measures pursuant to Section 3 of the
INKSNA. The case underlying this determination has
not been raised previously with the Venezuelan
Government. End Background.



5. (S//REL Venezuela) Suggested Talking Points:

-- We have in the past advised the Government of
Venezuela on several occasions of the requirements
and potential effects of U.S. sanctions laws.

-- For example, you will recall that in a June 5,
2006 Diplomatic Note, prepared in response to public
commentary by senior Venezuelan Government officials
that Venezuela might sell US origin aircraft to
countries such as Cuba, China, and Iran, the USG
advised that a variety of sanctions and penalties
exist in US law.

-- The Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation
Act (INKSNA) is one such law. This law requires
periodic reports to Congress identifying foreign
entities with respect to whom there is credible
information indicating that they have transferred to
or acquired from Iran, North Korea, or Syria goods,
services, or technology on multilateral control lists
(Australia Group, Chemical Weapons Convention,
Missile Technology Control Regime, Nuclear Suppliers
Group, and the Wassenaar Arrangement) or certain
other items with the potential to make a material
contribution to WMD development or missile programs.

-- The United States has determined that there is
credible information indicating that Venezuelan
Military Industries Company (CAVIM) transferred to
countries covered under the Act items on a
multilateral control list, or other items that have
the potential to contribute materially to WMD,
missile, or certain other weapons programs.

-- Based on these transfers, we have imposed certain
measures against CAVIM as provided in the Iran, North
Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).

-- Pursuant to the provisions of the INKSNA, the
following measures are imposed on CAVIM, and its
successors, subunits, and subsidiaries:

a. No department or agency of the United States
Government may procure, or enter into any contract
for the procurement of any goods, technology, or
services from them;

b. No department or agency of the United States
Government may provide any assistance to them, and
they shall not be eligible to participate in any
assistance program of the United States Government;

c. No United States Government sales to them of any
item on the United States Munitions List are
permitted, and all sales to them of any defense
articles, defense services, or design and
construction services under the Arms Export Control
Act are terminated; and

d. No new individual licenses shall be granted for
the transfer to them of items, the export of which
is controlled under the Export Administration Act of
1979 or the Export Administration Regulations, and
existing such licenses are suspended.

-- These measures will take effect shortly and will
remain in place for two years.

-- This determination as well as determinations
against entities from seven other countries, will be
published soon in the Federal Register of the United
States.

-- We would like to stress that in determining
whether to impose INKSNA sanctions, the USG
considers all relevant information.

End suggested talking points.



8. (U) Please slug any reporting on this issue for
VCI/FO and WHA/AND. A response is requested as soon
as possible. Department point of contact is
Stephen Tomchik, VCI/FO, 202-647-1192
(tomchiksj@state.sgov.gov).
RICE


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