International Enforcement Actions
August 3, 2016
Ali Reza Parsa, a businessman with dual Iranian and Canadian citizenship, pleaded guilty in federal court in January 2016 to conspiring to ship U.S.-origin electronic components from the United States to Iran, via Canada, without a license required by the U.S.
July 26, 2016
This month marks the anniversary of the historic nuclear accord the United States and five other countries concluded with Iran a year ago. As a result of the accord, Iran has restricted the most worrisome parts of its nuclear program for a period of time, in exchange for relief from international economic sanctions. During the past year, the...
Articles and Reports
July 14, 2016
On the first anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran Watch is publishing a compendium of its year-long analysis of the agreement. Below are links to articles and reports written on various aspects of the implementation of the JCPOA, including: monitoring and verification; sanctions...
July 12, 2016
The House of Representatives approved two measures last week aimed at blocking Boeing from selling commercial aircraft to Iran. The vote comes a few weeks after Boeing announced a preliminary agreement to sell commercial aircraft to Iran Air, Iran's national carrier, in a deal worth an estimated $25 billion. Iran Air was removed from the U.S.
June 10, 2016
The U.S. Treasury Department released new guidance on June 8 that appears intended to reassure European and other non-U.S. banks wary of doing business with Iran. In an updated explanatory document published by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Treasury Department stated that the U.S. financial system will remain open to foreign banks...
May 20, 2016
On May 9, a senior Iranian defense official announced the recent test of "a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers and a margin of error of 8 meters." Iran's defense minister quickly refuted the specifics of this claim, but not the test itself. This appears to be the latest in a series of Iranian missile tests since last October, all of which...
Speeches and Testimony
April 21, 2016
The nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 was officially implemented in January 2016. As a result, Iran has agreed to restrict the most worrisome parts of its known nuclear program—in particular, its uranium enrichment capability—for a period of about ten years. It is wrong to assume, however, that the proliferation problem has been...
April 20, 2016
Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met in New York on April 19 amid dissatisfaction on both sides about the implementation of the nuclear agreement. Iran has voiced frustration with the slow pace of financial sanctions relief promised by the agreement, and Mr.
March 17, 2016
This week, the United Nations published some guidance about a critical part of the nuclear agreement with Iran: the procurement channel. Sales to Iran of items controlled by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and of non-listed items with nuclear applications must pass through this channel, following a review by the newly created Procurement...
International Enforcement Actions
March 8, 2016
The CEO of a New York-based metallurgical company has been arrested on charges of illegally exporting a specialized metallic powder from the United States to Iran, the U.S. Justice Department announced on March 1. According to the criminal complaint, Erdal Kuyumcu, a naturalized U.S.