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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sanctions that work... for the sanctioned

Sanctions against Iran are working, if you're looking to buy bread or milk. But if you're looking to buy weapons, well, that's a different story, according to a UN panel of experts that prepared a report for the Security Council.
The report, which the expert panel has submitted to the Security Council's Iran sanctions committee, said there were three seizures of large shipments of Iranian weapons investigated by the panel over the past year.

"Two of these cases involved the Syrian Arab Republic, as were the majority of cases inspected by the Panel during its previous mandate, underscoring that Syria continues to be the central party to illicit Iranian arms transfers," it said.

"The Panel recommends the designation (blacklisting) of two entities related to these interdictions," it said. "The report also takes note of information concerning arms shipments by Iran to other destinations."


Diplomats told Reuters that the panel's draft report may be changed by the Security Council's Iran sanctions committee before it is submitted to the council itself for consideration. Last year's expert panel report on Iran was never made public because Russia blocked its publication.
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