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Newsletters
May 29, 2020
This month's newsletter features a policy brief on how Iran's elite academic institutions support proliferation. The policy brief recommends that sanctions against such institutions, and the scientists associated with them, could be a bigger part of the U.S. pressure campaign.  
Policy Briefs
May 29, 2020
On May 27, the United States sanctioned two of Iran’s senior nuclear officials for their role in the country’s current uranium enrichment program. This move follows a similar one in March, when the United States sanctioned several Iranian scientists connected to elite academic institutions. Both actions reflect an underused front in the U.S....
Newsletters
April 30, 2020
This month's newsletter features a timetable on the weapon potential of Iran's gas centrifuges and its growing stockpile of enriched uranium. The report estimates how soon Iran could produce the fuel for a small nuclear arsenal and concludes that the main nuclear weapon risk in Iran is work at secret sites.
Articles and Reports
April 28, 2020
With its known capacity, Iran cannot make a sudden dash to produce the fuel for a small nuclear arsenal of five implosion-type warheads – the goal Iran set for itself when it began to work on nuclear weapons decades ago. Instead, the main nuclear weapon risk in Iran secret sites, which it has relied on to carry out illicit work in the past. That...
International Enforcement Actions
April 17, 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
April 6, 2020
An Iranian engineer alleged by the United States to be supporting Iran's military may soon be extradited from France to the United States. Charges against Rohollahnejad in U.S. federal court relate to his alleged involvement in an attempt to procure U.S.-origin items with potential military applications for Iran.
Policy Briefs
April 3, 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."
International Enforcement Actions
April 1, 2020
A U.S. district court in Texas sentenced Taiwanese citizen Susan Yip (a.k.a. Susan Yeh) to two years in federal prison on October 24, 2012, for her role in shipping thousands of U.S.-origin military and dual-use parts from the United States to Iran, using front companies in the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. According to court...
Newsletters
March 31, 2020
This month's newsletter features a report on the U.S. indictment of Turkish state-owned Halkbank for its pivotal role in laundering billions of dollars of Iranian oil proceeds in an elaborate sanctions evasion scheme, as well as an updated timeline of Iran's missile development from 1985 to the present day.
Articles and Reports
March 31, 2020
The indictment of Turkish state-owned Halkbank, unsealed late last year, is the first against a major bank for sanctions violations brought by the United States. The case sheds light on how, in the midst of negotiations on its nuclear program, Iran relied on this bank to launder money in order to relieve the economic pressure of international...

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