The adoption of UNSC Resolution 2270 on 2 March 2016 imposing additional sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in response to its fourth nuclear test and illicit use of ballistic missile technology earlier this year has seen the introduction of unprecedented inspection and financial provisions into the sanctions, thus considerably broadening the scope of the West’s existing restrictive measures against Pyongyang. Continue reading Ship tracking and sanctions compliance in light of UNSCR 2270
On 7 February 2016 North Korea launched a long range missile, with the claimed objective of placing a satellite (Kwangmyongsong-4) into orbit. The launch, in breach of United Nations resolutions, has been strongly condemned by the United Nations Security Council following emergency consultations. Continue reading DPRK: SLV or LRBM?
Project Alpha is releasing today the latest in its Proliferation Case Study series. This new report is an in-depth study of how Brazil has used foreign assistance to support its nuclear programme – particularly its efforts to enrich uranium using centrifuge technology. Continue reading New Alpha case study: Brazil’s nuclear programme
Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran official, Javad Karimi-Sabet, with former president Ahmadinejad in 2008.
A research prospectus produced in 2006 by the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), and recently obtained by Project Alpha, provides new insights into Iran’s nuclear programme. Continue reading New Project Alpha report: The AEOI Files
MCS’s factory. Image via MCS-Int.de
Iran’s illicit procurement of goods and technology has been a longstanding hallmark of its nuclear and missile programmes. While procurement agents working for these programmes have regularly been caught attempting to purchase goods and materials from foreign companies, one modus operandi Iran is not known to have undertaken is the purchasing of overseas factories to produce sensitive components for nuclear- or missile-related end-users. Continue reading The case of MCS Technologies – did Iran use a German factory for illicit procurement?
Four companies and five individuals have been charged by the US Department of Justice for allegedly devising an international network that supplied the Iranian military and Iran’s nuclear programme with $24 million worth of controlled goods between 2010 and 2015. Continue reading Proliferation Case Study Series: The Nuclear Mechanic
While the United Nations Security Council has unanimously endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed on Iran’s nuclear programme, the treatment of the Iranian ballistic missile programme remains a contentious part of the long-term accord. Continue reading Iran’s missile programme: the post-deal state of play
Project Alpha is pleased to release today a landmark report on Iran’s procurement activities for its nuclear programme. Continue reading Iran’s illicit procurement: past, present and future
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The framework agreement for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) reached on 2 April 2015 between Iran and the E3+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, UK, and US, also known as the P5+1), creates the basis for a solution to the Iran nuclear issue over the next 10-20 years. Continue reading An Architecture for Controlling Nuclear-related Trade with Iran
Documents recently leaked in South Africa reveal an attempt by Iranian entities to acquire a furnace and control equipment from a South African firm. Continue reading Proliferation Case Study Series: Electric Furnaces from South Africa