Weapon Program Background Report
June 21, 2017
1967: Start-up of the U.S.-supplied 5-megawatt Tehran Research Reactor (TRR). 1970: Iran signs the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). 1974: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is established.
Speeches and Testimony
June 7, 2017
How has implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action diminished public knowledge of Iran’s nuclear program and what are the mechanisms in the agreement that could help increase transparency? Valerie Lincy and CSIS' Sharon Squassoni discuss these questions in a podcast.
Speeches and Testimony
May 3, 2017
Thank you for the invitation to speak today about the need for greater transparency with respect to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Wisconsin Project has been focused for some time on the proliferation threat posed by Iran, which is reflected on our Iran Watch website.
Articles and Reports
April 4, 2017
ZTE, China’s largest publicly traded telecommunications manufacturer and the fourth largest in the world, engaged in a scheme to ship more than 20 million U.S.-origin items to Iran. The company used multiple avenues to evade U.S. sanctions and export control regulations, including establishing shell companies, falsifying customs documents, and...
Articles and Reports
February 1, 2017
The day is fast approaching when the new American administration, led by President Donald J. Trump, will conduct an unfriendly review of the nuclear pact with Iran reached in 2015. No one knows what this review will produce. If the President decides to "enforce the terms of the […] deal to hold Iran totally accountable," as he promised during his...
International Enforcement Actions
November 16, 2016
Two men based in the Los Angeles area were arrested on October 26, 2016 on federal charges related to a conspiracy to export military aircraft parts and other defense items to Iran.  Zavik Zargarian, 52, of Glendale, California, and Vache Nayiran, 57, of Lakeview Terrace, California, were taken into custody and charged with violations of the...
Policy Briefs
November 3, 2016
The United States and its allies have interdicted five separate weapons shipments from Iran to the Houthis in Yemen since April 2015—shipments that violate U. N. Security Council resolutions. According to U.S. Vice Admiral Kevin Donergan, “We know they came from Iran and we know the destination.” The U.S. State Department has also criticized...
Policy Briefs
October 28, 2016
Another Iranian bank has received sanctions relief earlier than anticipated under the nuclear deal with Iran.  The European Union’s sanctions on state-owned Bank Saderat Iran and its London-based subsidiary, BankSaderat PLC, which were originally set to last until 2023, were quietly lifted this week.  The decision was made in April, in response to...
Policy Briefs
October 6, 2016
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration secretly agreed to lift United Nations sanctions on two of Iran's missile financing institutions as part of a package of controversial accommodations with Iran in January. Critics of the move have focused on an alleged "quid pro quo" in which the delisting of Bank Sepah and...
Policy Briefs
September 22, 2016
According to a July 2016 report by the U.N. Secretary General, Iranian firms participated in a defense trade show in Iraq last March, in potential violation of U. N. Security Council resolution 2231. Under the resolution, prior approval is required by the Security Council for any arms transfer to or from Iran; none was sought. What's more, one...

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