Previously Sanctioned Iranian Entities Doing Business in China

by David Albright and Andrea Stricker

July 7, 2016

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The Institute for Science and International Security has learned that many previously sanctioned Iranian entities are now very active in procuring goods in China. These entities experienced sanctions relief on Implementation Day, or January 16, 2016, of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Those now active in China include Iranian entities that conducted at least some procurements for Iran’s nuclear programs. They include for example companies involved in making or procuring aluminum, steel, or other raw materials. It is unknown which goods these entities are procuring or buying in China. Nonetheless, many of these formerly sanctioned entities are well versed in making illicit procurements and their resurgence in China warrants special scrutiny and concern.

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