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UN monitoring body encourages States' cooperation on Iranian sanctions violations

23 June 2011 – The chair of the United Nations committee monitoring the arms embargo imposed on Iran today encouraged Member States to cooperate with the world body in investigating alleged violations of the sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear programme.

Reporting on the latest regular 90-day report on the activities of the committee, Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia outlined some of the notifications received of alleged violations of the sanctions that have been imposed on Iran since 2006.

Over the past five years, the Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions on Iran, including a ban on all items which could contribute to the country’s enrichment of uranium, a necessary step for both peaceful and militaristic uses of nuclear energy, and arms sales and a freeze on assets.

Mr. Osorio said the notifications received by the committee over the past three months include three additional cases of alleged violations of paragraph 5 of resolution 1747 (2007), which imposes a ban on the export to and procurement by Iran of arms and related materiel.

He said that some of the cases are still being examined by the committee and the panel of experts established last year to monitor and enforce the sanctions against Iran.

“The committee commends the readiness of States to report alleged sanctions violations and encourages States to cooperate with the panel of experts in its investigations of incidents of non-compliance,” said Mr. Osorio.

Iran’s nuclear programme – which it says is for energy production but which other countries maintain is for making nuclear weapons – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that it had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

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