ISTANBUL (Hürriyet Daily News)–The U.S. Treasury has accused Turkish companies Macpar Makina (Macpar) and Step A.Ş. of cooperating with a multi-million dollar procurement network for Iran’s missile industries, it announced Tuesday on its website.
Led by Milad Jafari, an Iranian national, the network tied to Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO) uses a series of companies in Iran and Turkey to procure metal products, including steel and aluminum alloys for AIO’s subordinates, the Treasury said.
Between 2007 and late 2008, the network facilitated transactions valued at more than $7 million for companies subordinate to AIO, it added.
“The Jafari network has established itself as a lifeline for Iran’s missile program by providing essential materials and support for AIO,” said the Treasury’s under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Stuart Levey. “The Treasury Department will continue to identify and expose channels Iran is using to defy international sanctions, wherever those channels may be located.”
“Milad Jafari runs the procurement network along with his father, Mohammad Javad Jafari, and brother, Mani Jafari. Turkish nationals and key associates of Milad Jafari, Muammer Kuntay Duransoy and Çağrı Duransoy, facilitate transactions on behalf of the network. Milad and Mani Jafari’s mother, Mahin Falsafi, operates the network’s bank accounts at the Export Development Bank of Iran [EDBI], which was designated by Treasury in October 2008 for providing financial services to Iran’s Ministry of Defense of Armed Forces Logistics [MODAFL] and its subordinate entities,” the US Treasury said.
Located in Turkey, Macpar Makina and Step A.Ş. provided material, technological or other support for, or goods and services in support of, AIO’s subordinates. Milad Jafari’s associates Muammer Kuntay Duransoy and Cagri Duransoy manage Macpar’s operations out of Turkey, which facilitates transactions for AIO companies.