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  Tishrei 9, 5772 , 07/10/11

Report: Syria, Iran Paid N. Korea via Amman-Based Bank

United States officials warned their counterparts in Jordan that North Korea was using the Amman-based Arab Bank PLC to get around international sanctions and receive money from Syria and Iran according to the Wall Street Journal, based on August, 2007 diplomatic cables posted by Wikileaks. The money may have gone for the Syrian nuclear facility bombed a few years ago by Israel and long-ranged missiles obtained by Iran.

The suggest that Arab Bank may have processed the transactions unwittingly, explaining that Tanchon Commercial Bank, which it described as the "primary financial agent" behind North Korea's weapons programs, was conducting its financial transfers surreptitiously using aliases and front companies. The newspaper notes that the U.S. fined the bank two years earlier for a lack of safeguards against terrorist financing and money laundering. It says the bank took "major steps" to correct the situation. Suits going back to 2004 allege the bank financed terror attacks.

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