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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09LONDON1310 2009-06-02 17:05 2011-02-02 21:09 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy London
VZCZCXRO8625
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHDIR RUEHKUK RUEHTRO
DE RUEHLO #1310 1531710
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 021710Z JUN 09
FM AMEMBASSY LONDON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2500
INFO RUCNIRA/IRAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 2771
RUEHVT/AMEMBASSY VALLETTA PRIORITY 0158
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC PRIORITY
S E C R E T LONDON 001310

NOFORN SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/02/2019

TAGS: EFIN KNNP ETTC PREL PARM IR UK

Classified By: Mark C. Johnson, A/Econ Counselor for reasons 1.4 B & D 

1.(S/NF) We passed reftel demarche to the UK's Treasury (HMT) and Foreign Office (FCO) and pressed the UK to investigate XXXXXXXXXXXX. HMT promised to do so, coordinating with FCO and UK Revenue and Customs, and appreciated the information as they are currently exploring the specifics of sanctioning IRISL using their Counter Terrorism Act (CT Act) powers. HMG is following up on its CT Act powers, looking to prohibit UK companies, including Iranian-owned subsidiaries, from doing business with IRISL and Bank Mellat Tehran. This is aimed at the P&I clubs and to stop Mellat London from transacting with its parent in Iran. The CT Act allows them to prohibit UK companies and sectors from doing business with specially designated entities or sectors if seen as a threat to the UK or if declared a problem under the guise of multilateral organizations such as the Financial Assets Task Force (FATF).

2.(S/NF) HMT told us technical and legal interpretations remain to be worked out as the UK wants to get this absolutely correct. In mid-May we were told HMG would announce in early June that UK companies could engage in "no business with IRISL and Melli Tehran", giving UK companies 30-60 days to wind down existing business, cancel contracts, etc. HMT has backed off that timetable, and does not have a prediction of when these issues will be cleared up.

3.(S) HMT Asset Freezing officials will soon request via Embassy London additional information on IRISL and its related companies and partners.