On July 18th, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned seven companies and five individuals involved in the procurement of materials for sanctioned elements of Iran’s nuclear program.

Based in Iran, China, and Belgium, these persons allegedly obtained items for Iran’s Centrifuge Technology Company (TESA), an entity previously designated by OFAC for its role in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  OFAC alleged that this network of companies and individuals collaborated to source aluminum products that are controlled by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a multi-national export control regime, for use by Iran in its production of centrifuges.

For more, please see OFAC’s press release. For a list of designated parties, click here.