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International Enforcement Actions
November 1, 2010
The UK's Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced that all export licenses to Iran for items included on the European Union list of dual-use goods, along with brokering services and technical or financial assistance related to such items, would now be refused, "except in cases where there is manifestly no risk." Examples of...
Articles and Reports
October 29, 2010
The U.S. Treasury Department this week extended sanctions against Iran's national shipping company, the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) - blacklisting 37 front companies and five individuals that have helped IRISL evade U.S. sanctions. Iran uses IRISL and its affiliates "to advance its illicit weapons of mass destruction program...
International Enforcement Actions
October 1, 2010
Philip Bisgrove, the owner of NDT Mart, pleaded guilty to knowingly exporting controlled items to Iran without the required licenses. Between 2007 and 2008, the Lancashire businessman illegally exported to Iran ten shipments of dosimeters and doserate meters, three shipments of MY-2 Electromagnets, and a consignment of radiation detection...
International Enforcement Actions
September 1, 2010
Yi-Lan Chen, a.k.a. Kevin Chen, of Taiwan, pleaded guilty on May 13, 2010, and was sentenced on August 27, 2010, to 42 months’ imprisonment for illegally exporting dual-use components to Iran. According to the complaint filed in the Southern District of Florida, customers affiliated with Iran’s missile program sent orders by e-mail to Chen. Chen...
International Enforcement Actions
September 1, 2010
On September 30, 2010, aluminum powder from North Korea that could be used to make solid propellant for missiles was seized on a ship in Singapore harbor. This aluminum powder is controlled by the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) because its particle size, weight, shape and aluminum content makes it suitable for the production of missile...
International Enforcement Actions
August 1, 2010
Italian police seized 7 tons of RDX (T4) explosive found on board a cargo ship in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro on August 28, 2010. The explosives were found aboard the vessel M/S Finland, which flies a Liberian flag, and is owned by a Swiss-Italian shipping company.
International Enforcement Actions
July 1, 2010
Mahmoud Yadegari, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen who ran a business in Toronto, was sentenced to 4 years and 3 months' imprisonment after being found guilty, in Canada, of attempting to illegally export U.S.-origin pressure transducers to Iran through Dubai in March 2009.
June 8, 2010
The U.N. Security Council is considering a draft resolution aimed at Iran's illicit nuclear effort. Although the resolution would limit Iran's ability to buy arms, would target Iran's illicit shipping, and would authorize restrictions on Iranian banks, it does not contain the "crippling sanctions" that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had...
Policy Briefs
May 17, 2010
On May 17, 2010, Iran, Turkey and Brazil signed a joint declaration agreeing to a nuclear fuel swap that was first proposed to Iran by France, Russia and the United States last fall. Under the new agreement, Iran would export 1,200 kg of its low enriched uranium (LEU) stockpile to Turkey within one month. Iran would then receive 120 kg of uranium...
Articles and Reports, Wisconsin Project Investigations
April 9, 2010
In September 2008, the United States blacklisted Iran's state shipping company and its fleet of 123 vessels because of the company's role in supplying Iran's weapon programs. Soon after, in an effort to evade this sanction, the company began a large-scale re-labeling of its ships, giving them new names, new managers, new "owners" - in short, new...