Abzar Boresh Kaveh Co.

Also Known As: 

  • BK Co.
  • ABK Co.
  • Kaveh Cutting Tools
  • Mojtame-e Abzar Boreshi Kaveh

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear


  • 3rd Km of Khalaj Road, Seyyedi Street, Mashad, Iran 91638
  • Km 4 of Khalaj Road, End of Seyedi Street, Mashad, Iran
  • P.O. Box 91735-549, Mashad, Iran


+98 511 3852003


+98 511 3852004


Entity Web Site: 

An Iranian manufacturing company involved in the production of components for Iran's IR-1 centrifuges, and in procurement for Iran's centrifuge program; controlled by the Ammunition and Metallurgy Industries Group (AMIG) and subordinate to the Defense Industries Organization (DIO).

Produces standard and special tools, including milling cutters, taps, reamers, and compound tools; also provides high speed steels, tungsten carbides, and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines; has produced stationary elements for centrifuge rotors and molecular pumps used to maintain spinning centrifuges under vacuum; has produced the scoops used to extract enriched and depleted uranium hexafluoride (UF6).

Customers include:

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, shares an address with Amin Industrial Complex; linked to Khorasan Metallurgy Industries.

Alias Kaveh Cutting Tools was designated separately by the United Nations in 2010.

Employees have included Seyyed Hadi Alavi (managing director).

Established in 1993.


Designated by the U.N. Security Council on March 3, 2008, pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006), as an entity involved in Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; subsequently designated by U.N. Security Council resolution 2231 (2015); removed from the U.N. list on October 18, 2023, following the expiration of targeted sanctions contained in resolution 2231.

Listed by the European Union on June 23, 2008, as an entity linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; with some exceptions, E.U. member states must freeze assets owned or controlled by the entity, directly or indirectly, and prevent assets from being made available to it.

Added on April 7, 2009, 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 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; also subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are subject to U.S. sanctions.

Sanctioned by the governments of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, restricting business and financial transactions with the entity and/or freezing its assets in those countries.

Listed by the Japanese government in 2022 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to nuclear weapons.

Listed by the British government in 2015 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement, but removed in 2017 after the U.K. withdrew its Iran list.

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Date Entered: 

August 25, 2008

Date Last Modified: 

December 20, 2023