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fredag 18 maj 2018

UN: Turkey Violated UN Sanctions, Sold Israeli Technology to Iran

UN: Turkey Violated UN Sanctions, Sold Israeli Technology to Iran.

The UN has launched an investigation against Turkey for allegedly selling electronic equipment to Iran which is listed as banned, nuclear-related products and technologies. Security Council Resolution 2231 of 2015 which prohibits the transfer of this equipment to Iran.
The UN also demanded that Israel investigate the affair, after it had become clear that the electronic equipment sent to Iran via Turkey was manufactured by Celem Power Capacitors, an Israeli company based in Jerusalem and is a major manufacturer of capacitors.
The investigation was initiated after the UAE detained a shipment of electronic equipment en route from Turkey to Iran in July 2017. The UAE inspectors identified electronic capacitors that are prohibited for transfer to Iran, based on the UN security Council resolution.
In a letter to the UN Secretariat and the government of Israel, the UAE related that it had detained CSP 180-300 capacitors produced by Celem Power Capacitors, in Jerusalem.
Celem Power Capacitors told Israeli authorities that it had sold the capacitors to the Turks – after due diligence and receipt of payment. The company stated: “We sold the capacitors to normal Turkish companies, we do not sell our products to the enemy. Most of our sales are in Turkey and USA, but Turkey is not an enemy state and we had no reason not to trade with her. In any case, if the goods have actually arrived in Iran, this means that the we have been cheated by the Turkish buyer.”
Paragraph 3 of Annex B of UNSC resolution 2231 (2015) calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.
In the event of an approval by the Security Council of provision to Iran of any technology or technical assistance that are banned by the resolution, the contract for delivery of such items or assistance should include appropriate end-user guarantees; and Iran should commit not to use such items for development of nuclear weapon delivery systems.
What Turkey has apparently done was sidestep that whole part regarding receiving UNSC approval, and just sold Iran the banned technology.
Turkey sold Israeli electronic equipment to Iran, violating UN Security Council resolution
The UN has launched an investigation into Turkey for allegedly transferring electronic equipment to Iran in violation of Security Council resolutions. Yediot Aharonot news revealed that the banned components were made by a Jerusalem-based company, Celem Power Capacitors. The UN Secretariat has asked Israel to provide relevant information.
Iranian military equipment on display Photo Credit: EPA
Turkey is under investigation by the UN for allegedly selling banned electronic equipment to Iran and violating a Security Council resolution from 2015.

The equipment was purchased from an Israel-based company, Celem Power Capacitors, as reported by Yediot Ahronot news. The electronic components appear on the list of nuclear-related products and technologies prohibited for export to the Islamic Republic under UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

The UN launched the official investigation after a shipment of forbidden electronic equipment from Turkey to Iran was seized by the UAE government in July 2017. The CSP 180-300 capacitors that were confiscated were identified as manufactured by Celem Power Capacitors.

The UN Secretariat, which is responsible for investigating breaches of Security Council resolutions, asked for Israel’s cooperation in the case. “We would be grateful if your government would provide relevant information on the subject soon,” the Secretariat said.

Celem Power Capacitors has admitted to selling the equipment to a Turkish company. The company stressed the transaction was completed only after conducting a background check of the buyer and receiving all the payment in advance.

“We will fully cooperate with the investigation. We will prove that we sold this to Turkey to an orderly company,” the electronics manufacturer stated. “Turkey is not an enemy state and there is nothing that prevents us from trading [with it]. If the shipment actually arrived in Iran, the Turkish buyer cheated us.

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