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Iran Sanctions Committee 90-day Report

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UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL

Report given by HE Ambassador Gary Quinlan, on behalf of the 1737 Sanctions Committee

90-day report pursuant to paragraph 18 (h) of resolution 1737 (2006)

Distinguished delegates,

  1. I have the honour to present the report of the Committee established pursuant
    to resolution 1737 (2006), in accordance with paragraph 18 (h) of the same
    resolution. The present report covers the period from 16 July to 5 September
    2013, during which time the Committee held two informal meetings and conducted
    additional work using the no-objection procedure envisioned by paragraph 15
    of the guidelines for the conduct of its work.
  2. I am happy to report that the Committee adopted, on 9 August, its Programme
    of Work for the period 1 July – 31 December 2013, which was brought to the
    Council's attention on the same date.
  3. During this period, the Committee continued to consider the recommendations
    made by the Panel of Experts in its final report. The Committee, which shares
    the objective of improving implementation of Security Council measures, has
    made progress in reviewing these recommendations and considering whether to
    take practical steps to implement them. To date, however, none of these recommendations
    has been approved by the Committee.
  4. The Committee invited the Special Representative of INTERPOL to brief us
    at our informal consultations on 25 July 2013 on cooperation between INTERPOL
    and other sanctions committees for promoting the implementation of Security
    Council measures. The Committee is now debating whether it should sign an
    agreement with INTERPOL to apply INTERPOL's "Special Notices" to disseminate
    information to Member States regarding the Security Council's targeted
    sanctions list. Some Committee members have said, however, that they do not
    favour signing an agreement.
  5. The Permanent Representative for the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ambassador
    Khazaee, called on me at his request on 1 August 2013 to discuss this issue.

Distinguished delegates,

  1. We continued our discussion on whether and how to respond to the Panel's
    compilation of publicly available statements made by Iranian officials and
    alleged recipients of Iranian military assistance, including Palestinian Islamic
    Jihad, Hamas and Hezbollah, regarding potential violations of paragraph 5
    of resolution 1747 (2007). In this compilation, the Panel includes quotes
    from officials who spoke of transfers from Iran; some officials spoke of transfers
    that are prohibited by paragraph 5 of resolution 1747 (2007). As requested
    by the Committee, the Panel continued to collect information on the matter
    regarding such transfers and submitted additional information to the Committee
    that the Panel coordinator said was "submitted following the request
    of the Committee to provide any information additional to the compilation
    of public statements of transfers of arms to Gaza by Iran." We are studying
    this information carefully.
  2. At my previous briefing to the Council in July, I informed you that the
    Committee was considering an appropriate response to the United Nations Compensation
    Committee (UNCC) relating to the release of funds for two environmental claims
    to Iran. The Committee responded on 24 July to inform UNCC that the release
    of funds was not prohibited by the resolutions.
  3. In July I undertook to provide an update on our follow-up to the Panel's
    unanimous conclusion that Iran's launches of the Shahab 1 and 3 missiles during
    the Great Prophet 7 exercises contravened paragraph 9 of resolution 1929 (2010).
    A number of Committee members continued to express the view, as confirmed
    by the Panel of Experts, that the launches constituted a clear violation of
    resolution 1929 (2010), and that therefore all Member States should redouble
    their efforts to implement ballistic missile-related sanctions on Iran. At
    this stage some Committee members cannot share this view. Iran has still not
    responded to the Committee's letter of 12 April on this matter despite the
    effort of the President of the Security Council to reach out to the Iranian
    mission on28 June on its intentions regarding the letter.
  4. I had my own opportunity to raise the matter directly with Iran's Permanent
    Representative during his call on me on 1 August; unfortunately, he could
    give me no indication as to whether an answer would be forthcoming. I also
    asked him about Iran's intentions to respond to the Committee's letter of
    21 May, which had sought Iran's comment on another Panel report, this time
    concluding that an intercepted arms shipment was at the very least a probable
    violation by Iran of paragraph 5 of resolution 1747 (2007). Again, he was
    unable to advise whether Iran intended to reply; and to this date, Iran has
    not replied.
  5. On both issues, the Committee remains actively engaged in discussing next
    steps. I would like to reiterate the Committee's hope that Iran will answer
    these communications as soon as possible. The Committee intends to continue
    to consider its options for action in response to each of these incidents
    and will provide an update at its next 90-day report to the Security Council.

Distinguished delegates,

  1. I am happy to inform you that the Committee continues to receive information
    from States relating to actions taken to implement the relevant Security Council
    measures. By a letter dated 12 July, a State forwarded preliminary information
    concerning the interception of valves destined for Iran. Another State , by
    a letter dated 1 August, transmitted a report on shipments confiscated by
    its authorities during the first half of 2013 and on measures taken to prevent
    transit of shipments to Iran that were suspected to contain prohibited items.
    Such information is very useful to the Committee and its Panel of Experts
    which is currently investigating these cases. I would like to take this opportunity
    to encourage all Member States to transmit relevant information regarding
    the implementation of the Security Council measures.
  2. The Committee has received, through the Focal Point for De-listing, additional
    information from the First East Export Bank (FEEB), an entity that is currently
    on the Committee's Consolidated List, and whose request for de-listing is
    on the Committee's agenda. The Committee will carefully study this information
    and will take it fully into account when considering the de-listing request.
  3. During the reporting period the Committee received one notification with
    reference to paragraph 5 (c) of resolution 1737 (2006) concerning the delivery
    of a video unit for use in the monitoring system of the Bushehr nuclear power
    plant.

Thank you.

Annex

  1. During the reporting period, the Panel conducted visits to Singapore (16-20
    July), Kenya (21 August) and Canada (21-22 August) to discuss matters pertaining
    to the mandate of the Panel, including the implementation of relevant Security
    Council resolutions.
  2. Members of the Panel attended the following workshops: International Institute
    for Strategic Studies (IISS) Workshop (Dubai, UAE, 4 September).

Last Updated: 5 June 2015
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