On 17th December, Project Alpha published an article about the 6th Report from the UN Secretary General on UN SCR 2231, 3 years after its implementation and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran.  Key findings include component parts of 3 additional ballistic missile launches at Saudi Arabia by the Houthis in Yemen had features consistent with those of the Iranian Qiam-1 short-range ballistic missile; and 2 container launch units for anti-tank guided missiles recovered by Saudi-led coalition in Yemen had characteristics of an Iranian manufacturer.  It says that, beyond the question of missile development and testing, the issue of ballistic-missile related transfers to and from Iran also remains, saying that the question is whether Iran has transferred the missiles, parts thereof, or related technology to the Houthis in Yemen.   It also says that since the first report, the Secretary General has reported extensively on arms shipments to and from Iran.  Although, the evidence from member states seems to indicate that Iran is not respecting the arms embargo imposed upon it, the Secretary General and the Secretariat continue to examine much of the evidence submitted by them.  Restrictions will be lifted of the ballistic missile activity in 2023. However, at present, Iran seems determined to continue its ballistic activities and ballistic proliferation in the region in defiance of Western calls of condemnation and concern.  The embargo on conventional arms will be lifted in 2020, but even for now, it is proving difficult to impose. In this case, the question is whether and which states will be publicly willing to engage in conventional arms transfers with Iran in the post-2020 period.


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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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