US embassy cable - 02AMMAN4682

(NIAG 2057) JAPANESE EMBASSY ASKS FOR MORE INFORMATION ON IRAQI FRONT COMPANY AL-EMAN INVESTMENT GROUP

Identifier: 02AMMAN4682
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN4682 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-08-19 13:41:00
Classification: SECRET//NOFORN
Tags: KNNP PARM PREL GM JA IZ JO
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S E C R E T AMMAN 004682 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/18/2012 
TAGS: KNNP, PARM, PREL, GM, JA, IZ, JO 
SUBJECT: (NIAG 2057) JAPANESE EMBASSY ASKS FOR MORE 
INFORMATION ON IRAQI FRONT COMPANY AL-EMAN INVESTMENT GROUP 
 
REF: A. STATE 154314 
     B. TOKYO 5577 
 
Classified By: CDA Gregory L. Berry for reasons 1.5 (B) and (D) 
 
1.  (S/NF)  Japanese Embassy Counselor (and Japanese Charge 
in Iraq) Masashi Kono called on PolCouns August 18. 
Referring to Embassy Tokyo's demarche (ref b) on Iraq's 
possible purchase of thermal luminescence dosimetry equipment 
from Japan through the Jordanian company al-Eman Investment 
Group (ref a), Kono said he had been instructed to learn all 
that he could about al-Eman "from third party sources, 
including the American Embassy."  He passed to PolCouns 
copies of web pages (one from Ohio State University dated 
1996 and one in French from a French magazine) referring 
obliquely to al-Eman and its connection to Iraq.  He also 
noted that German intelligence had told the Japanese 
government that a similarly named "al-Eman Commercial 
Investment Establishment" was on Germany's list of likely 
Iraqi front companies. 
 
2.  (S/NF)  Translating from an instruction cable in 
Japanese, Kono asked that the Embassy provide any additional 
information available on al-Eman, including its address and 
physical location in Jordan, information on its other 
business activities, the other companies with which it works, 
and more specific evidence of its links with Iraq -- e.g. 
previous trades on behalf of Iraq or numbers of Iraqi 
employees.   Kono said Tokyo decisionmakers needed this 
information to support taking action to prevent any shipment 
of technology through al-Eman to Iraq. 
 
3.  (S)  COMMENT:  The Japanese Government is obviously 
taking our demarche seriously.  Post would appreciate 
receiving any additional information that addresses the 
Japanese request. 
Berry 

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