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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.



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


 
 

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