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Imposition of Nonproliferation Measures Against Chinese and North Korean Entities, Including Ban on U.S. Government Procurement

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AGENCY:

Department of State.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

A determination has been made that five Chinese and one North Korean entities have engaged in activities that require the imposition of measures pursuant to Section 3 of the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000, which provides for penalties on entities for the transfer to Iran of equipment and technology controlled under multilateral export control lists (Missile Technology Control Regime, Australia Group, Nuclear Suppliers Group, Wassenaar Arrangement) or otherwise having the potential to make a material contribution to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or missiles.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

June 26, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

On general issues: Vann H. Van Diepen, Office of Chemical, Biological and Missile Nonproliferation, Bureau of Nonproliferation, Department of State, (202-647-1142). On U.S. Government procurement ban issues: Gladys Gines, Office of the Procurement Executive, Department of State, (703-516-1691).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to sections 2 and 3 of the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-178), the U.S. Government determined on June 23, 2003, that the measures authorized in section 3 of the Act shall apply to the following foreign entities identified in the report submitted pursuant to section 2(a) of the Act:

Taian Foreign Trade General Corporation (China) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof;

Zibo Chemical Equipment Plant, aka Chemet Global Ltd., aka South Industries Science and Technology Trading Company, Ltd. (China) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof;

Liyang Yunlong Chemical Equipment Group Company (China) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof;

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) (China) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof;

China Precision Machinery Import/Export Corporation (CPMIEC) (China) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof;

Changgwang Sinyong Corporation (North Korea) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof.

Accordingly, pursuant to the provisions of the Act, the following measures are imposed on these entities:

1. 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 these foreign persons;

2. No department or agency of the United States Government may provide any assistance to the foreign persons, and these persons shall not be eligible to participate in any assistance program of the United States Government;

3. No United States Government sales to the foreign persons of any item on the United States Munitions List (as in effect on August 8, 1995) are permitted, and all sales to these persons of any defense articles, defense services, or design and construction services under the Arms Export Control Act are terminated; and,

4. No new individual licenses shall be granted for the transfer to these foreign persons of items the export of which is Start Printed Page 40012controlled under the Export Administration Act of 1979 or the Export Administration Regulations, and any existing such licenses are suspended.

These measures shall be implemented by the responsible departments and agencies of the United States Government and will remain in place for two years, except to the extent that the Secretary of State or Deputy Secretary of State may subsequently determine otherwise. A new determination will be made in the event that circumstances change in such a manner as to warrant a change in the duration of sanctions.

Section 2(a) of the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 requires twice-yearly reports to Congress identifying foreign entities (not governments) with respect to whom there is credible information that they have transferred to Iran: (a) Items on multilateral export control lists; or (b) items not on any control list, but which nevertheless would be, if they were U.S. goods, services, or technology, prohibited for export to Iran because of their potential to make a material contribution to the development of missiles or WMD. In previous reports, we reported pursuant to Section 2(a) transfers of items not on a multilateral list if they were controlled on the Commerce Control List for WMD or missile reasons, on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or Department of Energy nuclear control lists, or on the United States Munitions List.

We now are adding to the items previously reported, both (1) items of the same kinds as those on multilateral lists, but falling below the control list parameters (e.g., aluminum powder above the Missile Technology Control Regime's 0-200 micron size limit), when it is determined they have the potential to make a material contribution to weapons of mass destruction, or cruise or ballistic missile systems; and (2) other items with the potential of making such a material contribution, when added through case-by-case decisions.

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Dated: June 26, 2003.

Andrew K. Semmel,

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation, Department of State.

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[FR Doc. 03-16938 Filed 7-2-03; 8:45 am]

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