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.
08.05.2009: SRI LANKA NEGOTIATING TO PROCURE LETHAL MILITARY EQUIPMENT FROM NORTH KOREA AND IRAN
E C R E T STATE 046946
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
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.
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.
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
-- 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
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
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
-- 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
-- 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.
-- 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
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
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.
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.
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kumar Tuesday, 4 January 2011 20:17
Who is Lanka Logistics and Technologies Ltd.?!
Reply : 39 34
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 .
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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
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
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.
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
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
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 15:12
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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