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Viewing cable 09STATE68250, german test chamber sold by chinese subsidiary to

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09STATE68250 2009-07-01 17:05 2010-12-05 12:12 SECRET Secretary of State
Appears in these articles:
http://www.spiegel.de
VZCZCXYZ0002
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #8250 1821729
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P R 011706Z JUL 09
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 0000
INFO MISSILE TECHNOLOGY CONTROL REGIME COLLECTIVE
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 0000
S e c r e t state 068250

Sipdis

E.o. 12958: decl: 07/01/2034
Tags: mtcre, parm, prel, ettc, mnuc, tspa, ir, gm, ch
Subject: german test chamber sold by chinese subsidiary to
iran's dio (s)

Classified By: ISN/MTR DIRECTOR PAM DURHAM FOR REASONS
1.4 (b), (c), and (d).

1. (U) This is an action request. Embassy Berlin
please see paragraph 3.

2. (S) Background and Objectives: The United States
has information indicating that the Chinese subsidiary
of the German firm xxxxxxxxxxxx test chamber to Iran's Defense Industries

Organization (DIO), an entity sanctioned under United
Nations Security Council Resolution 1737. We also
understand that as of mid-May 2009, Chinese national
and known proliferator xxxxxxxxxxxx was working to arrange
training on the test chamber for DIO representatives -
likely on the premises of xxxxxxxxxxxx China. Although this
particular test chamber is not controlled by the
Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), it is
suitable for subjecting missile components and systems
to the harsh environmental conditions experienced by
missiles during launch, flight, and reentry. We want
to ask German officials to investigate this information
and ensure that xxxxxxxxxxxx is taking all measures
necessary to prevent unauthorized retransfers of its
goods by foreign-based subsidiaries - especially to
entities of proliferation concern.

3. (U) Action Request: Request Embassy Berlin approach
appropriate German government officials to deliver
talking points/non-paper in paragraph 4 below and
report response. Talking points also may be provided
as a non-paper.

4. (S) Begin talking points/non-paper:

(secret//rel germany)

-- We would like to raise with you a matter of
proliferation concern and request your government's
assistance in investigating this activity.

-- The United States has information indicating that
xxxxxxxxxxxx China (the Chinese subsidiary of xxxxxxxxxxxx chamber to
Iran's Defense Industries Organization (DIO).

-- This test chamber is not controlled by the Missile
Technology Control Regime (MTCR) or the Australia Group
(AG), but is suitable for subjecting ballistic missile
components and their weapons payloads to the harsh
environmental conditions experienced during the launch,
flight and reentry of ballistic missiles.

-- DIO, which is part of Iran's Ministry of Defense and
Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), is an entity
sanctioned under United Nations Security Council
Resolution 1737.

-- We also understand that as of mid-May 2009, Chinese
national xxxxxxxxxxxx was working with DIO to arrange
training on the xxxxxxxxxxxx. This training
will likely be provided at the premises of xxxxxxxxxxxx
China.

-- xxxxxxxxxxxx may also have played a role in the sale of the
test chamber to DIO.

-- xxxxxxxxxxxx is a known proliferator associated with several
Chinese entities, including the xxxxxxxxxxxx Company
and xxxxxxxxxxxx Company.

-- His activities have been the subject of discussion
during the Australia Group Information Exchange.

-- In addition, xxxxxxxxxxxx has been sanctioned by the U.S. on
seven separate occasions for his chemical weapons
proliferation-related activities, and is currently
subject to sanctions which are in place pursuant to the
Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare
Elimination Act.

-- We urge you to investigate this activity and ensure
that xxxxxxxxxxxx is taking all necessary measures to
prevent unauthorized retransfers of its goods by
foreign-based subsidiaries - especially to entities of
proliferation concern.

-- We appreciate Germany's cooperation on
nonproliferation matters and look forward to hearing of
any actions your government takes in response to this
information.

End talking points/nonpaper.

5. (U) Please contact ISN/MTR's John Paul
Herrmann with any questions or follow-up issues
related to this case (202-647-1430 -
herrmannjp@state.sgov.gov) and slug any
reporting on this issue for ISN/MTR, EUR/PRA and
eur/ce.

6. (U) A word version of this document will be posted
at www.state.sgov.gov/demarche.
Clinton