Also Known As:
Sayed Yahya Safavi
Yahia Rahim Safawi
Seyyed Yahya Rahim-Safavi
Yahya Rahim Al-Sifawi
Appointed advisor and senior aide for armed forces affairs to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on September 1, 2007; former commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps; on July 8, 2008, added to the Specially Designated National (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems.
Listed in an annex to U.N. Security Council resolution 1737 of December 23, 2006, as a person involved in Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities and in its ballistic missile program; with some exceptions, the designation requires states to freeze financial assets on their territories which are owned or controlled by the person, by its agents, or by entities it owns or controls; the designation also requires states to ensure that any funds, financial assets or economic resources are prevented from being made available by their nationals or by any persons or entities within their territories, to or for the benefit of the person; the resolution calls on states to "exercise vigilance" in allowing the designated person to enter or to transit through their territories, and requires states to notify the Security Council if the person does so.
Listed by the European Union on April 20, 2007, pursuant to U.N. Security Council resolution 1737, as an entity whose funds and economic resources, and those it owns, holds or controls, must be frozen by E.U. member states, with some exceptions, and within their jurisdiction; E.U. member states must also ensure that funds or economic resources are not made available to or for the benefit of the listed entity; with some exceptions, European Union member states must prevent the person's entry into or transit through their territories; born in 1952 or 1953.