Shahid Karimi Group

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear



A subsidiary of Iran's Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), which has been associated with "possible military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program," according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Works on SPND missile and explosives-related projects; has conducted weapon system, materials, and explosion research on behalf of SPND.

Suppliers have included Iran-based Navasan Pardaz.

Headed by Mohammad Reza Mehdipur; other personnel include Sa'id Borji (explosives and metals expert) and Jalal Emami Gharah Hajjlu (weapon system researcher); formerly directed by Akbar Motallebizadeh.


Added on March 22, 2019, 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 and their delivery systems; 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.

Listed by the Japanese government in 2019 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles.

Date Entered: 

August 15, 2019

Date Last Modified: 

August 15, 2019