US adds 24 entities to export control list for supporting Russia, Pakistan, Iran

In a major development, the Biden administration added 24 companies and other entities to an export control list for supporting Russia’s military or defense industrial base, Pakistan’s nuclear activities or for supplying an Iranian electronics company.

The entities based in Latvia, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland, were added over US national security and foreign policy concerns, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.

According to details, 10 out of these businesses in Pakistan and United Arab Emirates posed a high risk of supplying or diverting materials to Pakistan’s nuclear activities or were associated with Pakistan’s “nuclear activities and missile proliferation-related activities”.

Overall, the companies include Fiber Optic Solutions in Latvia, which produces fiber optic gyroscopes and other equipment and Russia’s AO Kraftway Corporation PSC, which calls itself one of the biggest Russian IT companies, saying it builds and sells a wide range of IT solutions including hardware manufacturing.

Also on the list are AO Scientific Research Center for Electronic Computing; LLC Fibersense; and Scientific Production Company Optolin; AO PKK Milandr; Milandr EK OOO; Milandr ICC JSC; Milur IS, OOO; (OOO) Microelectronic Production Complex (MPK) Milandr; Ruselectronics JSC and Milur SA.

The Commerce Department also added four trading and supply companies in Singapore for supplying or attempting to supply an Iranian electronics company, Pardazan System Namad Arman (PASNA), which was sanctioned by the US Treasury in 2018.

None of the companies was immediately available for comment.

The United States has made muscular use of export controls and the entity list to punish companies over their support of the Russian military and to curb the flow of foreign technology to Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February.

Suppliers of US goods must seek a special a difficult-to-obtain license before shipping to companies added to the list.

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