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US government sanctions entities for allegedly supplying ballistic missile items to Pakistan

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 19 Apr 2024

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US government sanctions entities for allegedly supplying ballistic missile items to Pakistan

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The United States on Friday (April 19, 2024) said three entities from China and one from Belarus have been sanctioned for allegedly supplying ballistic missile items to Pakistan, the State Department said.

"The United States is committed to strengthening the global nonproliferation regime by taking action to disrupt procurement networks supporting proliferation activities of concern. Today, we are designating four entities pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery," US State Department Spokesman Matthew Miller in a press release.

"These entities – three based in the People’s Republic of China and one in Belarus – have supplied missileā€applicable items to Pakistan’s ballistic missile programs, including its long-range missile program," he said.

The designated entities were Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant; Xi’an Longde Technology Development Company Limited; Tianjin Creative Source International Trade Co Ltd; and Granpect Co. Ltd.

Miller said they have engaged in activities or transactions that have materially contributed to, or pose a risk of materially contributing to, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery, including any efforts to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop, transport, transfer or use such items, by Pakistan.