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  1. Taiwanese Sentenced for Illegal Export of Dual-Use Components to Iran via Hong Kong

    September 1, 2010 International Enforcement Actions 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 ...

  2. Arrests, Sentencing in Conspiracy to Export Vacuum Pumps to Iran

    Three men were charged in January 2010 connection with a conspiracy involving the illegal exportation and smuggling of specialized vacuum pump equipment with nuclear applications from the United States to Iran. Jirair Avanessian, an Iranian-born chemical e ...

  3. Plane Smuggling North Korean Weapons Seized in Thailand

    December 1, 2009 International Enforcement Actions A cargo plane carrying weapons from North Korea was impounded and searched by authorities in Thailand. The Ilyushin 76 transport plane was found to be carrying 35 tons of explosives, rocket-propelled gren ...

  4. Iranian Government Procurement Agent Sent Military Electronics to Iran

    January 20, 2016 International Enforcement Actions Criminal indictments were unsealed in Delaware and Massachusetts relating to the prosecution of Iranian arms procurement agent Amir Hossein Ardebili. In May 2008, Ardebili pled guilty to multiple violatio ...

  5. Vessel Carrying Iranian Weapons Seized by Israeli Navy

    On November 11, 2009, the Israeli military released documentary evidence tying the arms cargo of the "Francop," a vessel seized by Israel's navy off the coast of Cyprus, to Iran. The merchant ship was flying the Antigua flag and was heading ...

  6. U.S. Boards Freighter Carrying Arms Exported from Iran In Breach Of U.N. Sanctions

    U.S. troops boarded the German-owned freighter "Hansa India" in the Gulf of Suez in early October and discovered eight containers of ammunition and parts suitable for Kalashnikov rifles. The containers were secured when the ship arrived in Malta. ...

  7. Britain Freezes Business with Iranian State-Owned Bank and Shipping Line

    Britain has frozen business with two Iranian entities, Bank Mellat and the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), because they have supported Iran's missile and nuclear programs. These restrictions were implemented by Her Majesty's Trea ...

  8. North Korean Rocket Materials Discovered Bound for Iran

    On July 22, 2009, the United Arab Emirates seized 10 containers of North Korean military supplies labeled as oil boring machine parts on a freighter bound for Iran. Among the components reportedly taken were 2,030 detonators for short-range rockets, electr ...

  9. A Plot to Acquire Hard Currency for Iran’s Supreme Leader

    September 30, 2020 International Enforcement Actions On August 19, U.S. authorities unsealed a complaint charging Ali Chawla, Asim Mujtaba Naqvi, and Muzzamil Husnain Zaidi with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). The three ...

  10. How Iran’s Oil Industry Gets American Machinery

    A pair of exporters employed front organizations, falsified documents, and shipped goods through third parties to support the petroleum industry in Iran in violation of U.S. economic sanctions. ...

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