Project Alpha on 5th July carried an article about the 5th report by the UN Secretary General on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 – such a report is required every 6 months, and this was published on 12th June.  UN SCR 2231 dates from July 2015 and was passed in the light of the agreement between China, France, Germany, Russia, UK, US, EU and Iran to reach a comprehensive, long-term and proper solution to the Iranian nuclear issue, culminating in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

UN SCR 2231 is available at –

The latest report include mention of 6 cases of illicit procurement activity, which would have required advanced approval by the UN Security Council, and that component parts of missile launches fired by the Houthis at Saudi territory were manufactured in Iran, and features of the missiles were consistent with the Qiam-1 missile type.  There were also 13 proposals submitted to participate in or permit activities with Iran for nuclear or non-nuclear civilian end uses, bringing the total number of such applications to 37 (of which 24 proposals have been approved by the Security Council, 3 have been disapproved, 7 have been withdrawn by the proposing state, and 3 are currently under review).

The cases of illicit procurement included 4 shipments were seized by the UAE while in transit to Iran.  The items involved 40 cylindrical segments of tungsten, 1 inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, 10 capacitors, and 1 titanium rod – all dual-use items that required prior approval.  Iran responded to the accusations by stating that it was the responsibility of the exporting state to seek approval through the procurement channel, which is true but ignores the fact that Iran must issue the necessary end-user certificates required.

The report itself is available at –

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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