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The United States had threatened Sri Lanka in 2009 with costly sanctions if weapons deals were carried out with both Iran and North Korea during the final stage of the war, a secret US cable revealed.

Oslo newspaper Aftenposten, which continues to churn out stories related to the content of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables that the US had intended to keep secret, stated that “any arms purchase contracts entered into by Sri Lankan entities with North Korea or Iran, if implemented, could trigger sanctions against the entities involved under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).”

The Cable dated 08/05/2009 also stated that “Recent intelligence reports indicate that a Sri Lankan company responsible for the acquisition of equipment and services for the Sri Lankan military is negotiating the purchase of RPG-7 Rocket Propelled Grenade Launchers (RPGs) and Multiple Rocket Launchers (MRLs) from North Korea´s primary weapons trading firm.”

Any purchases would have been in violation of UN resolutions against trade with either country, it said.

Sri Lankan officials denied they were in the process of illegal weapon purchases, but the US ambassador in Colombo wasn’t convinced. There was no comment on any deals with North Korea.

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08.05.2009: SRI LANKA NEGOTIATING TO PROCURE LETHAL MILITARY EQUIPMENT FROM NORTH KOREA AND IRAN

 

 E C R E T STATE 046946

NOFORN

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/01/2019

TAGS: ETTC, KN, KNNP, MARR, MCAP, MOPS, PARM, PINR, PREL

SUBJECT: SRI LANKA NEGOTIATING TO PROCURE LETHAL MILITARY

EQUIPMENT FROM NORTH KOREA AND IRAN

REF: 2006 STATE 141140

Classified By: Michael Owen, Director SCA/INS per E.O. 12958 for

reasons 1.4 (B), (D)

1. (U) This message contains an action request, please see

paragraph 6.

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Summary

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2. (S/NF) The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) is negotiating

the procurement of Lethal Military Equipment (LME) from North

Korea and Iran. Recent intelligence reports indicate that a

Sri Lankan company responsible for the acquisition of

equipment and services for the Sri Lankan military is

negotiating the purchase of RPG-7 Rocket Propelled Grenade

Launchers (RPGs) and Multiple Rocket Launchers (MRLs) from

North Korea´s primary weapons trading firm. Some of these

proposed arms imports appear to violate UNSCR 1718. We have

also received information that Iran´s Ministry of Defense

Logistics Export Center (MODLEX) has recently provided a

multimillion-dollar quote to the Sri Lankan Navy for the

installation of naval equipment. Moreover, an Iranian

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Force element located in

Sri Lanka provided details to an Iranian shipping company for

the sale of weapons to the Sri Lanka Army. Post is requested

to deliver the talking points in paragraph 6 and report any

GOSL reactions. End Summary.

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Background

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3. (S/NF) This is not the first time Sri Lanka has attempted

to purchase LME from countries under UN Security Council

sanctions. In August 2006, the USG demarched the GOSL

regarding its interest in acquiring pyrotechnic and armament

spare parts for training aircraft, as well as hundreds of

weapons from Iran (Ref A).

4. (S/NF) As part of our ongoing dialogue on

nonproliferation, we would like once again to express our

concern over Sri Lanka´s potential procurement of lethal

military equipment from Iran and North Korea. We also want

to remind the GOSL of possible sanctions under the Iran,

North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). The

INKSNA requires regular reports to Congress identifying

individuals and entities who have transferred to or acquired

from Iran, North Korea, or Syria certain items related to

weapons of mass destruction, ballistic or cruise missiles or

advanced conventional weapons.

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Objectives/Action Request

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5. (S//REL SRI LANKA) Post is requested to draw upon the

talking points in paragraph 6 with appropriate host

government officials. Post should pursue the following

objectives:

-- Remind the GOSL that any arms purchase contracts entered

into by Sri Lankan entities with North Korea or Iran, if

implemented, could trigger sanctions against the entities

involved under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria

Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).

-- Recall that paragraph 8(b) of United Nations Security

Council Resolution 1718 requires member states to prohibit

the procurement of certain military-related items, including

LME such as combat aircraft, battle tanks, large caliber

artillery systems, or missile systems, or related materiel

including spare parts, and that any import of such items by

Sri Lanka would constitute a violation of UNSCR 1718. In

addition, paragraph 8(c) of UNSCR 1718 requires UN Member

States to prevent transfer from North Korea of any technical

training, advice, services or assistance related to these

items. The full list of items prohibited by UNSCR 1718 can

be found on the UN´s web site

(www.un.org/sc/committees/1718/xport list.shtml). Items on

these lists (identified in Security Council documents

S/2006/814, S/2006/815, and S/2006/853) are also prohibited

for transfer regardless of their intended use.

-- Emphasize our concern that Lanka Logistics and

Technologies Ltd may attempt to circumvent export controls on

transfers with North Korea.

-- Request the GOSL to investigate Lanka Logistics and

Technologies Ltd and provide the United States with the

results of its investigation as soon as possible.

-- Request the GOSL to provide information on whether its

Navy is negotiating with MODLEX $11.4 million for rockets and

rocket launchers that can be installed on naval equipment.

-- Request the GOSL to provide clarification on negotiations

with Iran on procurement of weapons and defense equipment for

the Sri Lankan Army in the amount of $40 million.

-- Note that under 1747, Iran is prohibited from exporting

arms and states are to prohibit the procurement of such items

from Iran by their nationals.

-- Urge GOSL authorities to stop any military negotiations

with North Korea or Iran involving LME or sensitive

technology.

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Talking Points

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6. (SECRET//REL SIR LANKA) Note that the first four bullets

in the Talking Points are derived from intelligence and must

be used verbatim. These points are bracketed and flagged as

"VERBATIM POINTS."

Begin Talking Points.

(BEGIN VERBATIM POINTS:

-- We have information that Lanka Logistics and Technologies

Ltd has been negotiating the purchase of RPG-7 Rocket

Propelled Grenade Launchers (RPGs) and Multiple Rocket

Launchers (MRLs) from the Korea Mining Development Company

(KOMID), North Korea´s primary weapons trading firm.

-- Our information indicates that this sale has not been

completed.

-- We also have information that Iran´s Ministry of Defense

Logistics Export Center (MODLEX), in December 2007, provided

the Sri Lankan Navy a quote of $11.4 million for rockets and

rocket launchers that could be installed on Sri Lankan naval

equipment. The offer did not include the cost of installation

and training, which could be provided at an additional cost.

-- We also understand that an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary

Guard Corps Qods Force element located in Sri Lanka, in

February 2008, provided details to an Iranian shipping

company for the procurement of weapons to the Sri Lanka Army.

The total cost of the weapons and defense equipment totaled

approximately $40 million. END VERBATIM POINTS.)

-- Lanka Logistics and Technologies Ltd., according to your

own press, handles the acquisition of equipment and services

for the Sri Lankan military.

-- Any arms purchase contracts with North Korea or Iran, if

implemented, could trigger sanctions against the entities

involved under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria

Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).

-- Under INKSNA, the United States is required to report to

Congress persons and companies who have transferred to or

acquired from North Korea, Iran, or Syria goods, services or

technology controlled by multilateral nonproliferation export

control regimes, specifically the Missile Technology Control

Regime, the Australia Group, the Chemical Weapons Convention,

the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and the Wassenaar Arrangement.

-- MRLS, RPGs, and other weapons and munitions are controlled

under the Wassenaar Arrangement and are therefore reportable

under the INKSNA.

-- Given North Korea,s continued destabilizing activities,

and the international reaction to those activities, now is

not the time for business as usual with North Korea.

-- We ask that you halt the purchase of all military

equipment from Iran. Paragraph 5 of UNSCR 1747 provides that

Iran "shall not supply, sell or transfer...any arms or

related materiel, and that all States shall prohibit the

procurement of such items from Iran by their nationals..."

-- Moreover, DIO is an entity subject to the asset freeze

provisions in paragraph 12 of UNSCR 1737, so any goods

received from the DIO or any payments made to the DIO must be

frozen under the provisions of the resolution.

-- We urge you to investigate the above activities and share

with us at your earliest convenience the results of your

investigation.

-- Beyond these cases, we urge Sri Lanka to cease all

cooperation with North Korea, Iran, and Syria on goods and

technologies controlled under the nonproliferation export

control regimes and United Nations Security Council

Resolutions we have cited.

-- We look forward to our continued cooperation on this and

other related matters.

(If Asked)

-- Sanctions that could be imposed under INKSNA include:

a. No department or agency of the United States Government

or U.S. company may procure, or enter into any contract for

the procurement of any goods, technology, or services from

them;

b. No department or agency of the United States Government

or U.S. company may provide any assistance to them, and they

shall not be eligible to participate in any assistance

program of the United States Government;

c. No sales to them of any item on the United States

Munitions List are permitted and all sales to them of any

defense articles, defense services, or design and

construction services under the Arms Export Control Act are

terminated; and,

d. No new individual licenses shall be granted for the

transfer to them of items controlled under the Export

Administration Act of 1979 or the Export Administration

Regulations, and existing such licenses are suspended.

End Talking Points.

7. (U) Washington appreciates Post´s assistance on this

matter. Department Point of Contact is xxxx. Please slug all replies to

ISN/CATR, EAP/K and SCA/INS.

CLINTON


  Comments - 42

  • LankanLion Tuesday, 4 January 2011 19:31

    We are tiny little "super power"...Now it is the time to face the music...

    Reply : 150       46

    jsilva Wednesday, 5 January 2011 02:30

    So what you are saying is, that the us is supposed to be the all mighty protector of the world, and they should be obeyed no matter what ? I find this cable highly offensive and infringing on our sovereignty. .

    Reply : 19       122

    Fayad Wednesday, 5 January 2011 02:58

    Entire world will threaten US time to come
    Time will solve all the Hippocratic moves

    Reply : 16       91

    nagu Wednesday, 5 January 2011 15:05

    Little by little all the bad things US has done to the world is coming back to them....

    Reply : 3       25

    KHKaru Wednesday, 5 January 2011 15:41

    Don't be sarcastic, LankanLion. Winning the war against VP &Co. aided and abetted by western superpowers (and India too), is no mean feat.

    Reply : 4       11

    Alien Tuesday, 4 January 2011 19:58

    Don't blame GOSL. They went to purchase weapons from those countries because US and UK didn't want to sell weapons to GOSL. UK and US didn't want to get their puppy VP dead. No we see clearly why MR leaned towards China and Russia. Not because his bad decisions but because he didn't have a choice.

    Reply : 30       194

    MagodisThuma Wednesday, 5 January 2011 07:54

    Not Well said...
    But Very Well said !.

    Reply : 7       42

    kumar Tuesday, 4 January 2011 20:17

    Who is Lanka Logistics and Technologies Ltd.?!

    Reply : 39       34

    Aruna Wednesday, 5 January 2011 02:28

    gota's company

    Reply : 111       36

    MR 1/2/3 Tuesday, 4 January 2011 20:28

    Hey US jokers ,
    Who cares about US mediated sanctions? Your days have gone forever long ago . Now US is like an old dog without teeth , still barking , but no one taking any notice of it .Mind your own buissness Mr.President .

    Reply : 34       138

    Rajah Tuesday, 4 January 2011 21:40

    "Now US is like an old dog without teeth, still barking, but no one taking notice of it"

    Glad to hear it. So when is Gothabaya, Basil, etc. going to relinquish their citizenship from the country(US) with no teeth? Also, when is that long line-up of Sinhalese at the US embassy going to dry up? Why do they want to go to a tooth-less country?

    Reply : 48       63

    nimalsiri Wednesday, 5 January 2011 15:31

    you are quite right.

    9       9

    KHKaru Wednesday, 5 January 2011 16:00

    I'll tell you when that long line will dry up, Rajah. Hypothetically it will be the day China will withdraw her vast amount of money invested in the US economy. A day that will be rejoiced by a great majority of earth citizens.

    4       13

    Hera Tuesday, 4 January 2011 20:56

    Who cares...?? We can't beg US all the time! NK, Iran and China were helping us with weapons so we were able to finish off the LTTE.

    SL should look for the earliest oppertunity to become Nuclear-powered!! Then only can we teach US and others who SL is!!!!

    Reply : 33       84

    Gamaya Wednesday, 5 January 2011 04:41

    No Thanks.. we are happy with what ever we have..We don't want another war..

    Reply : 9       25

    wellwisher Tuesday, 4 January 2011 21:36

    Srilanka is not a puppy for USA.We are a democratic country.Why US must interfere with lankan internal issues.Well done President you have acheived with out listening these super powers to create a better future for srilanka with out terrorists.

    Reply : 10       74

    upul Tuesday, 4 January 2011 22:10

    That is right. The US goes around the World creating Wars so thet they can have exclusive rights to Arms deals. They don't want any other country on their sales pitch.

    Reply : 5       51

    firoz Tuesday, 4 January 2011 22:21

    What a joke , they will have to sanction themselves for invading iraq without UN approval. The hyporcricy is apalling,im so happy that they are plummeting down !

    Reply : 6       56

    Tom SamUSA Tuesday, 4 January 2011 22:29

    Pakses have taken not only the Tamils but the rest of the sinking island to the lo lo land of rajapakistan.

    Reply : 74       19

    desilva Wednesday, 5 January 2011 05:34

    Care to show proof? And some development statistics?

    Reply : 4       27

    nagu Wednesday, 5 January 2011 15:07

    Dream on....

    Reply : 4       7

    ranga Tuesday, 4 January 2011 22:55

    If the US will ask for Sri Lanka's permission to buy their weapons, Sri Lanka should also reciprocate it as a sign of respect. But until that day Sri Lanka as a sovereign, non-align country should buy anything and everything where ever it feels like.

    Reply : 8       42

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 5 January 2011 00:41

    Foolish comments. If US and their alias started a direct weapon support to LTTE, it will be another Vietnam or Pakistan or Afghanistan. US is the largest economy and Chinese economy is mainly dependent on US exports! Countries back by China have a bad economic growth (Burma, Pakistan , Vietnam & North Korea). China is not a good partner in long term!

    Reply : 66       24

    James Wednesday, 5 January 2011 07:45

    yes. also notice how Chinese product are increasing in price. as their economy grows they will no longer be able to be cost effective.
    we are barking because we think we have China to back us. boy are we in for a disappointment....

    Reply : 25       13

    Pan Wednesday, 5 January 2011 13:50

    CITIZEN and James
    You guys are daydreaming. China has 600 million people who earn less than 50 rupees a day. Production coast will never go up to US levels in 20 years. There is ample time to turn the tables at the growth rate China maintains now. Reality is that the world economic and political power is shifting, trend has started and there in no turning back in this global economy. Only thing you can do is to take steps to damage control and adjusting to the global economy. It will take lots of sacrifices for American citizens to slowdown the economic erosion. American policy planers understand this. However, they need intelligent political leaders like Clinton. Hope we don't see another republican government in power to drag US into another costly war. That will be the last nail in the coffin.

    4       12

    channa Wednesday, 5 January 2011 15:10

    Yeah...in another 50 years probably....

    3       6

    nagu Wednesday, 5 January 2011 15:08

    Do you know mostly all of USA's debts has been brought by China....Which means USA is in debt to China......

    Reply : 5       10

    damsen Wednesday, 5 January 2011 00:41

    USA.think Sri Lanka purchase military equipment which are not supplied by them to defete terrorism from a country opposed to you.Are we colonial of them?or they do not like tiger being defeted.What is correct?

    Reply : 6       27

    Tom SamUSA Wednesday, 5 January 2011 01:17

    Mr123 &hera,
    Have you signed up for green card lottery? Gotti pakse did.

    Reply : 44       21

    Kelby Wednesday, 5 January 2011 01:43

    MR and his brothers have fooled you guys. All will come back to haunt you in the near future.

    Reply : 54       22

    shameer Wednesday, 5 January 2011 01:45

    US the mad dog.... "Who let this dog out".........

    Reply : 16       48

    bash Wednesday, 5 January 2011 02:21

    Bunch of deported criminals from England chased away the red Indians and took their land and called it USA. Look what these guys are doing to whole world now.... They want to change all other cultures and make them USA friendly cultures....

    Reply : 18       44

    Balanceman Wednesday, 5 January 2011 02:23

    Well said "Hera" !!!

    Reply : 10       11

    titan Wednesday, 5 January 2011 02:44

    follow libiya ,gadafis is good example

    Reply : 9       19

    Victor Doki Wednesday, 5 January 2011 03:32

    Oh! what a mess wiki?

    Reply : 4       4

    Rupasinghe Wednesday, 5 January 2011 04:06

    Thanks Wikileaks.

    Reply : 4       38

    Faqi Wednesday, 5 January 2011 07:52

    It appears people who comment here have no clue about world affairs. The USA is still the most powerful country in the world and the worlds largest economy, Most of the other countries depend on the US to purchase their products. The dollar is still the world currency. Go figure ....

    Reply : 37       14

    David Wednesday, 5 January 2011 08:39

    your comment shows that you are a very knowledgeable man, US totally depend on Indian and Chinese market , when they were under recession, they survived from Chinese money, I advice you to read some financial papers and understand about world economy, did you read about carrier killer ballistic missile system developed by China ? it shows America's super power status have very limited time

    Reply : 8       30

    channa Wednesday, 5 January 2011 15:13

    Well said....All the USA debt is bought by the Chinese.....

    6       11

    channa Wednesday, 5 January 2011 15:12

    USA is the fastest declining World power....is more like it...

    Reply : 7       11

    Fair N Square Wednesday, 5 January 2011 09:46

    Wikileaks put USA, where it rightly belongs. Selfish arrogant crusaders. They are reaping what they sowed.
    Beginning of the end.

    Reply : 4       21

    KHKaru Wednesday, 5 January 2011 16:22

    When Butenis opens her mouth to praise Sri Lanka next time, you can be certain that another WikiLeak is on the way !

    Reply : 4       11

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