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Articles and Reports
June 17, 2021
With its known capacity, Iran cannot make a sudden dash to produce the fuel for a small nuclear arsenal of five implosion-type warheads – the goal Iran set for itself when it began to work on nuclear weapons decades ago. Instead, the main nuclear weapon risk in Iran is secret sites, which Iran has relied on to carry out illicit work in the past.
Articles and Reports
May 27, 2021
The new U.S. administration is seeking to reenter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement reached in 2015 with Iran and six other parties. This effort has been complicated by the previous administration's "maximum pressure" policy, which sought to squeeze Iran with sanctions.
International Enforcement Actions
May 27, 2021
On May 8, the U.S. Navy released a statement describing the seizure of “an illicit shipment of weapons” in the northern Arabian Sea that had taken place over the previous two days.
Policy Briefs
May 18, 2021
On May 8, 2018, President Donald J. Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. Effective immediately, U.S. nuclear sanctions on Iran were reinstated and the President warned that "any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States."

Iranian Entities

Military
Maintains various aircraft, including the MI-171, used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Air Force; listed by the British government in 2007 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement. Identified as an IRGC entity in an annex to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1747 of March 24, 2007, which lists entities of...
Military
Has transported illicit cargo to Iranian proxies in the Levant on behalf of the IRGC Quds Force (IRGC-QF).

Suppliers

Nuclear
Involved in a conspiracy to illegally export U.S. and Canadian-origin computer numerical control (CNC) machines with nuclear applications to Iran.
Missile
Turkey-based company; supports Iran's missile program, according to the U.S. Department of State; involved in the production and trade of carbon; reportedly involved in the healthcare industry.

Unconventional Weapon Programs

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