The Iran Nuclear Deal’s Procurement Channel: Overcoming Post-Implementation Day Issues

by David Albright and Andrea Stricker

April 21, 2016

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Investing the time, attention, and resources is critical to ensuring that the Procurement Channel will be successful at regulating exports of proliferation-sensitive goods to Iran. However, troubling compromises and exemptions have already been made that begin to call into question if the Procurement Channel can operate effectively. In particular, the highly sensitive Fordow centrifuge plant and the modernization of the Arak reactor were exempted from the Procurement Channel. Moreover, Russia appears to have been playing a disruptive role that is not being effectively countered. The risk is that Iran will exploit these divisions and compromises to continue buying for its banned missile and conventional military programs and industries, and it will find growing opportunities to buy goods secretly for undeclared nuclear programs or activities.

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