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  1. Bait and Switch on New Iran Missile Sanctions

    January 8, 2016 Policy Briefs Last week, the White House backtracked on plans to impose new financial sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program.  The Wall Street Journal reported on December 30 that the Treasury Department was preparing to sanction 11 ...

  2. Implementation Day Brings Sanctions Relief to Past Proliferators

    January 18, 2016 Policy Briefs Iran and the P5+1 announced on January 16 that Iran had met its obligations under the terms of the nuclear agreement and would immediately receive a first round of sanctions relief.  “Implementation Day” of the agreement arr ...

  3. New Guidance on U.N. Procurement Channel Raises Larger Questions about Iran Deal Enforcement

    This week, the United Nations published some guidance about a critical part of the nuclear agreement with Iran: the procurement channel. Sales to Iran of items controlled by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and of non-listed items with nuclear application ...

  4. Simmering Dissatisfaction on Both Sides of Nuclear Deal

    April 20, 2016 Policy Briefs Nuclear Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met in New York on April 19 amid dissatisfaction on both sides about the implementation of the nuclear agreement.  Iran has voiced frustration with ...

  5. Missile Sanctions Must Target Iran's Suppliers

    On May 9, a senior Iranian defense official announced the recent test of "a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers and a margin of error of 8 meters." Iran's defense minister quickly refuted the specifics of this claim, but not the test it ...

  6. Treasury Gives New Guidance, but Banks Still Wary

    The U.S. Treasury Department released new guidance on June 8 that appears intended to reassure European and other non-U.S. banks wary of doing business with Iran. In an updated explanatory document published by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Tre ...

  7. Iran Air, Prospective Buyer of Boeing Planes, Linked to North Korean Missile Shipments

    July 12, 2016 Policy Briefs The House of Representatives approved two measures last week aimed at blocking Boeing from selling commercial aircraft to Iran.  The vote comes a few weeks after Boeing announced a preliminary agreement to sell commercial aircr ...

  8. The Real Problem with Iran’s Nuclear Exemptions is Secrecy

    The controversy over the Iran nuclear agreement was reignited last week, after a new report revealed secret exemptions Iran received in order to meet the requirements of the agreement. The response to the report has been predictably polarized... ...

  9. U.S. Surrenders Powerful Financial Weapon to Counter Iran's Missile Program

    Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration secretly agreed to lift United Nations sanctions on two of Iran's missile financing institutions as part of a package of controversial accommodations with Iran in January. Criti ...

  10. Another Iranian Bank Receives Early Sanctions Relief

    October 28, 2016 Policy Briefs Another Iranian bank has received sanctions relief earlier than anticipated under the nuclear deal with Iran.  The European Union’s sanctions on state-owned Bank Saderat Iran and its London-based subsidiary, BankSaderat PLC, ...

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