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International Enforcement Actions
October 6, 2020
Two recent cases pursued by the U.S. Department of Justice demonstrate how Iranian companies employ an effective combination of American brokers, Middle Eastern front companies and freight forwarders, and bank accounts worldwide to obtain goods from the United States. In one plot, a U.S. company shipped military surplus to an Iranian customer by...
International Enforcement Actions
September 30, 2020
On August 19, U.S. authorities unsealed a complaint charging Ali Chawla, Asim Mujtaba Naqvi, and Muzzamil Husnain Zaidi with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).
Newsletters
September 30, 2020
This month’s newsletter features a policy brief on how the United States could construct an effective arms embargo on Iran despite the expiry of U.N.
Policy Briefs
September 30, 2020
Last week, the United States announced a range of new sanctions on Iran’s military-industrial complex, including severe financial penalties against anyone helping Iran import or export conventional weapons. The move follows a failed bid by the United States to extend an arms embargo on Iran at the United Nations. It signals the U.S.
Newsletters
August 31, 2020
This month’s newsletter includes a report on U.S. laws that restrict trade with and investment in Iran and punish proliferation. The report provides a chronology of U.S. sanctions over four decades, including actions taken by the U.S. Government since it withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and began a policy of “maximum...
Articles and Reports
August 25, 2020
In May 2018, the United States withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement it had reached in 2015 with Iran. Thereafter, the U.S. Government has redoubled its efforts to squeeze Iran with sanctions to compel Tehran to negotiate a new agreement with stricter limits on its nuclear and missile programs.
Policy Briefs
August 11, 2020
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."
Newsletters
July 31, 2020
This month’s newsletter includes a new Iran Watch podcast about the techniques that Iranian vessels use to transport illegal goods and evade sanctions. Two experts from the U.S.
Interviews and Podcasts
July 30, 2020
In the inaugural episode of Iran Watch’s podcast, we discuss deceptive shipping practices used by Iran to evade U.S. sanctions, and U.S. efforts to counter these practices, with two experts from the U.S. State Department.
International Enforcement Actions
July 30, 2020
A pair of exporters employed front organizations, falsified documents, and shipped goods through third parties to support the petroleum industry in Iran in violation of U.S. economic sanctions.

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