News Briefs

January 29, 2013
Iran's space agency launched a monkey into space using the Kavoshgar-5 rocket, according to Iranian media reports.
-- NBC News
January 28, 2013
Yemeni authorities seized a boat containing money, weapons, and explosives, including surface-to-air missiles, C-4 explosives, 122-mm shells, rocket-propelled grenades, and bomb-making equipment such as electronic circuits and remote triggers. The weapons were made in Iran, according to U.S. officials, and may have been destined for insurgents inside Yemen. The surface-to-air missiles may be the Iran's Misagh-2.
-- New York Times
January 23, 2013
Three employees of Ben Line Agencies Japan, a Tokyo-based shipping firm, have been accused of illegally transferring $158,000 to a company in Singapore associated with the sanctioned Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL).  The three employees were arrested by Japanese Police in January, 2013.
-- Reuters
January 20, 2013
Prosecutors in Germany charged two Iranian men with smuggling drone-aircraft motors to Iran. The motors were suitable for use in the Iran's Ababil III surveillance and attack drone. Iman J.L. and Davood A. were charged with violating German export laws; under German privacy laws, disclosure of their last names is barred. Iman J.L. was charged with delivering 61 motors in 2008 and 2009; Davoud A. was charged with reselling some of the motors in Iran. Neither man is in custody.
-- Associated Press
January 9, 2013
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has announced that the 1,000 MW Bushehr reactor came back on-line on January 4, after a two month long hiatus. The reactor's fuel rods were unloaded when the plant was shut down. Russian Industry sources blamed the shutdown on stray bolts in the reactor vessel.
-- Reuters
January 6, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions targeting international companies that continue to do business with Iran in certain industrial sectors, such as shipping and ports management. The new law also targets state-run media, and seeks to block Iran from obtaining critical materials such as aluminum, coal, and steel.
-- Washington Post
December 21, 2012
The U.N. Security Council sanctioned two Iranian entities, Yas Air and SAD Import-Export Company, for violating a U.N. arms embargo by illegally exporting weapons to the Syria government. The shipments included ammunition, assault rifles, machine guns, mortar shells, and other conventional arms.
-- Reuters via Jerusalem Post
December 21, 2012
The European Union expanded sanctions on Iran by adding nineteen new entities to its blacklist for being "involved in nuclear activities or providing support to the Iranian government." The sanctions also prohibit transactions with Iranian banks, the export to Iran of certain metals, software, and equipment and technology used to produce petroleum products.
-- Wall Street Journal
December 21, 2012
The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned five entities as proliferators of unconventional weapons. SAD Import Export Co., Chemical Industries and Development of Materials Group, and Marine Industries Organization were sanctioned for ties to Iran's defense industry. Doostan International Co. was sanctioned for support to Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization. The director of Marine Industries Organization, Mustafa Esbati, was also sanctioned.
-- Wall Street Journal
December 16, 2012
South Korea announced new sanctions on Iran, adding more than 100 Iranian firms and individuals to a new financial blacklist. All foreign currency transactions for the entities on the blacklist will now require approval from South Korea's central bank.
-- Agence France-Presse