Ya Mahdi Industries Group

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Last Updated: December 1, 2010
Other Name: Ya Mahdi Industrial Research Complex; Ya Mahdi Industrial Complex; Ya Mahdi Group; Ya-Mahdi Aircraft Manufacturing; YMA Research and Industrial Complex; Ya Mahdi AG Industrial Research Complex; YMA College; Department 140/11
Location: Gostaresh
Subordinate To: Aerospace Industries Organization
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Operational

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury Ya Mahdi Industries Group (YMIG), one of the main subsidiaries of the Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO), "has been involved in international purchases of missile-related technology and goods on behalf of the Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO)." [1] In 1996, Britain's MI5 discovered that an Iranian businessman had been regularly using the United Kingdom as a transit country to export goods to YMIG. [2] Both the U.S. government and UNSCR 1747 have imposed financial sanctions on YMIG. [3]

[1] U.S. Department of the Treasury, "Treasury Adds Two Entities to the List of Iranian Weapons Proliferators," Washington, DC, 18 July 2006, www.ustreas.gov.
[2] Roger Howard, Iran in Crisis? Nuclear Ambitions and American Response, (London: Zed Books, 2004), p.105.
[3] In July 2006, The U.S. Treasury Department added YMIG to its Specially Designated Nationals list pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which freezes assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits transactions with U.S. parties.

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