Melli Bank PLC

Also Known As: 

Melli Bank

Weapon Program: 

  • Military


- 1 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5EA, United Kingdom
- One London Wall, 11th Floor, London EC2Y 5EA United Kingdom (London Head Office)
- London Wall, 11th Floor, London EC2Y 5EA, United Kingdom
- 4 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6AL
- Unit 1703-04, Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Central Hong Kong (Hong Kong Branch)
- Unit 1703-4, 17th Floor, Hong Kong Club Building, 3 A Chater Road Central, Hong Kong (Hong Kong Branch)
- 4th Floor, No. 51, West Nahid Street, Africa Blvd., Tehran 1967757451 Iran (Tehran Representative Office)


+44 (0)20 7600 3636 (London Head Office), (0044207) 6003636, (+852) 25 25 3017 (Hong Kong Branch), (00852) 25211127-9 (Hong Kong Branch), (+98 21) 26 20 13 85 6 (Tehran Representative Office), +98 21 26 20 13 85 (Tehran Representative Office), (+98 21) 22 02 49 54 (Tehran Representative Office)


+44 (0)20 7796 2104 (London Head Office), (+852) 28 68 4692 (Hong Kong Branch), (+98 21) 26 20 1387 (Tehran Representative Office)


[email protected] (London Head Office)
[email protected] (Hong Kong Branch)
[email protected] (Tehran Representative Office)

Entity Web Site:

A wholly owned subsidiary of Bank Melli Iran.

According to the European Union, Bank Melli Iran and its subsidiaries have provided financial support and services, such as facilitating purchases of sensitive materials, maintaining accounts and opening letters of credit, for companies that are involved in or procure goods for Iran's nuclear and missile programs, including AIO (Aerospace Industries Organization)SHIG (Shahid Hemat Industrial Group)SBIG (Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group)AEOI (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran)DIO (Defense Industries Organization)Novin Energy CompanyMesbah Energy Company, and Kalaye Electric Company.

Started operations in January 2002; UK registration No. 4152338; SWIFT code: MELIGB2L.


As part of the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran, added on November 5, 2018 to the Specially Designated Nationals (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 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are subject to U.S. sanctions; also subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign financial institutions facilitating transactions for the entity may be prohibited from opening or maintaining correspondent or payable-through accounts in the United States.

Previously added to the SDN list on October 25, 2007, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems; removed from the SDN list in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Listed by the European Union on June 24, 2008 as an entity linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; removed from the E.U. list in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Date Entered: 

August 27, 2008

Date Last Modified: 

December 10, 2018