90-Day Report by Committee Chairman Pursuant to Paragraph 18(h) of Resolution 1737

June 25, 2014

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Military

1. I have the honor to present the report of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006), in accordance with paragraph 18 (h) of the same resolution. The present report covers the period from 20 March to 24 June 2014, during which time the Committee held one informal meeting, two “informal informal” meetings, and conducted additional work using the no-objection procedure envisioned by paragraph 15 of the guidelines for the conduct of its work.

3. In its report, the Panel again notes that some States have indicated to the Panel a degree of uncertainty as to whether Security Council resolutions concerning Iran remain fully in force, as negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran enter a critical stage. I would like to take advantage of this briefing to emphasize once again that only the Security Council itself can alter the sanctions measures applied by the Council. Until there is a new resolution of the Council on this issue, the measures in resolutions 1737, 1747, 1803 and 1929 remain in full effect. The Committee stands ready to provide guidance to Member States on the application of the Council’s measures to any transaction; and urges Member States to report to the Committee any transaction they believe contravenes the measures.

4. In this vein, I would like to advise the Council that the Committee received a report from a Member State during the current reporting period (on 31 March) of the interdiction in the Red Sea by its naval forces of a cargo of conventional arms, including rockets, mortars and ammunition, which were allegedly loaded onto a vessel in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. The Panel of Experts, under the direction of the Committee, carried out inspections of the seized arms on 28 and 29 April. On 16 June, the Panel submitted its report to the Committee. The Committee met on 23 June to discuss this report with the Panel and is considering its response to this report.

5. Similarly, the Committee wrote to Iran on 27 March in relation to a carbon fiber interdiction which I have referred to in my two previous reports, seeking Iran’s comments. Regrettably Iran has not yet provided a response.