The US has imposed sanctions on three China-based companies for supplying missile items and technology for Pakistan’s ballistic missile program, the US State Department said.
In the designation, the US State Department said on Friday that the sanctions were imposed as part of the global non-proliferation regime.
“Today we are designating three entities pursuant to Executive Order 13382, focused on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery. These three entities, based in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), have been working to supply missiles. contributions to Pakistan’s ballistic missile program,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
China, an all-weather ally of Pakistan, is the main supplier of weapons and defense equipment to Islamabad’s military modernization program.
The three companies are General Technology Limited, Beijing Luo Luo Technology Development Co Ltd. and Changzhou Utek Composite Company Ltd.
They were sanctioned for engaging or attempting to engage 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 missiles capable of delivering such weapons). ), including any efforts to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop, transport, transfer or use such items by Pakistan.
General Technology Limited has worked to supply soldering materials, which are used to connect components in ballistic missile rocket engines, and in the production of combustion chambers.
Beijing Luo Luo Technology Development Co. Ltd. has been working to supply mandrels and other machinery, which can be used in the production of solid propellant rocket engines and can be controlled by the Missile Technology Control Regime.
Changzhou Utek Composite Company Ltd. has been working since 2019 to supply D-glass fiber, quartz fabric and high silica cloth, all of which are used in missile systems.
Today’s actions demonstrate that the United States will continue to address the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their means of delivery, and associated procurement activities of concern wherever they occur, said State Department spokesman Matthew Miller.
The United States is committed to strengthening the global nonproliferation regime by taking action to disrupt procurement networks that support proliferation activities of concern, it said.
The sanctions come days after Pakistan launched the Ababeel ballistic missile system.
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