International Enforcement Actions

This page contains summaries of the world's effort to enforce international sanctions against Iran by preventing it from buying weapons and the means to make them.  The summaries cover prosecutions, interdictions of illicit cargo, and other enforcement actions.

International Enforcement Actions
August 3, 2016
Ali Reza Parsa, a businessman with dual Iranian and Canadian citizenship, pleaded guilty in federal court in January 2016 to conspiring to ship U.S.-origin electronic components from the United States to Iran, via Canada, without a license required by the U.S.
International Enforcement Actions
February 16, 2016
On January 17, 2016 – the day after implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran – President Barack Obama announced the details of another agreement with Iran: four Americans who had been detained in Iran were released, and, in exchange, clemency was granted to six Iranian-Americans and one Iranian serving sentences or awaiting trial in the United...
International Enforcement Actions
February 9, 2016
On January 27, 2016, Chinese national Sihai Cheng pleaded guilty to six counts related to the export of American-made pressure transducers to Iran in violation of U.S. export laws. He had been extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States to face the charges on December 5, 2014. Also indicted in the case were Iranian national Seyed...
International Enforcement Actions
January 20, 2016
Criminal indictments were unsealed in Delaware and Massachusetts relating to the prosecution of Iranian arms procurement agent Amir Hossein Ardebili. In May 2008, Ardebili pled guilty to multiple violations of the Arms Export Control Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, smuggling, conspiracy and money laundering.
International Enforcement Actions
November 20, 2015
Kunlin Hsieh, a Taiwanese national and sales manager for Junbon Enterprises Co. Ltd. in Taiwan, pleaded guilty in June 2015 to conspiring to ship U.S.-origin dual-use electronic parts from the United States to Iran, via Taiwan.  He was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison.
International Enforcement Actions
July 8, 2015
Nicholas Kaiga, a Belgian businessman who pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to evade export control regulations, was deported from the United States by U.S. immigration authorities on July 7, 2015. Kaiga attempted to export from the United States aluminum tubing used in the aerospace industry to a Malaysian front company, via Belgium,...
International Enforcement Actions
April 28, 2015
Arthur Shyu, a senior manager of Hosoda Taiwan Co. Ltd., was indicted on April 16, 2015, along with eight other defendants, as part of a procurement network that allegedly supplied at least $24-million worth of U.S.-origin microelectronics to end users in Iran.  The exported items allegedly included electronics with application in surface-to-air...
International Enforcement Actions
March 21, 2015
On March 20, 2015, AAG Makina, a Turkish equipment manufacturer, settled one charge of aiding an unauthorized export to Iran with the U.S.
International Enforcement Actions
February 25, 2015
German authorities sentenced four men to punishments ranging from four years in prison to 18 months’ probation for illegally supplying Iran with over one thousand valves for its Arak heavy water reactor.  The case began in 2007, when Iranian national Hossein Tanideh contacted Rudolf Mayer, the owner of a German custom fittings company called MIT-...
International Enforcement Actions
February 20, 2015
Pennsylvania businessman Helmut Oertmann pleaded guilty to attempting to ship a horizontal lathe, or “peeler” to Iran via Dubai without obtaining a necessary license from the U.S. Commerce Department. These machines are used, among other things, in the production of high-grade steel for aircraft. Oertmann is the CEO of Hetran, Inc., an...

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