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This page contains summaries of the world's effort to enforce international sanctions against Iran by preventing it from buying weapons and the means to make them.  The summaries cover prosecutions, interdictions of illicit cargo, and other enforcement actions.

International Enforcement Actions
June 21, 2019
An Iranian engineer alleged by the United States to be supporting Iran's military may soon be extradited from France to the United States. Late last month, a court of appeals in Aix-en-Provence ruled that the extradition of Jalal Rohollahnejad could proceed, although he may still make a final legal appeal of the decision to the Court of Cassation...
International Enforcement Actions
June 21, 2019
In the face of tightening U.S. sanctions, Iranian smugglers will likely increase their reliance on several well-worn tactics to acquire American-manufactured products and circumvent trade barriers. Two recent cases pursued by the U.S.
International Enforcement Actions
April 15, 2019
On March 21, 2019, 57-year-old Australian national David Russell Levick was sentenced to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to procuring and attempting to procure U.S.-origin aircraft parts for transshipment to Iran without a license.
International Enforcement Actions
December 4, 2018
A federal indictment unsealed last month provides the latest illustration of the methods used by Iranian procurement agents to illicitly procure U.S.-origin goods for export to Iran. This case details how Iranian citizen Arash Sepehri conspired with individuals and companies operating in Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and Iran to send...
International Enforcement Actions
October 31, 2018
A recently unsealed indictment provides detail on Iran’s use of deceptive practices to procure export controlled items with military applications from the United States and elsewhere. The indictment details an elaborate, multi-year conspiracy directed by an Iranian-born Canadian to procure such items for an Iranian firm.
International Enforcement Actions
July 11, 2018
On June 20, 2018, a federal indictment was unsealed against Saaed Valadbaigi, an Iranian businessman accused of sending U.S.-origin export controlled materials to Iran, including a high-strength aluminum alloy that can be used to make centrifuge components and materials with missile and aerospace applications.
International Enforcement Actions
May 15, 2018
Update: On March 14, 2018, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Reza Olangian was sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years of supervised r
International Enforcement Actions
March 29, 2018
On June 6, 2017, Iranian citizen Alireza Jalali was arrested at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport upon his arrival from Malaysia. Ten days later, Australian authorities made a related arrest of another Iranian citizen, Negar Ghodskani, based on a U.S. extradition request.
International Enforcement Actions
November 16, 2016
Two men based in the Los Angeles area were arrested on October 26, 2016 on federal charges related to a conspiracy to export military aircraft parts and other defense items to Iran.  Zavik Zargarian, 52, of Glendale, California, and Vache Nayiran, 57, of Lakeview Terrace, California, were taken into custody and charged with violations of the...
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.

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