Wednesday, June 10, 2015

United Nations report accuses Obama administration of failing to report Iran's sanctions violations

A new United Nations report accuses the Obama administration and other members of the P5+1 of failing to report Iran's sanctions violations.

“The current situation with reporting could reflect a general reduction of procurement activities by the Iranian side or a political decision by some member states to refrain from reporting to avoid a possible negative impact on ongoing negotiations” between Iran and the P5+1, the UN said in its June report released on Tuesday.

“This is a clear political decision not to publicize these examples of sanctions evasion in order to ensure that public reporting on this doesn’t in any way jeopardize the talks or harden congressional resolve.

“The Obama administration has bent over backwards to try and whitewash Iranian violations both on the nuclear side and also on the sanction-busting side,” executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Mark Dubowitz said.

One example cited in the report noted that the Obama administration and the other P5+1 nations failed to report that Iranian General Qassem Suleimani violated a UN-mandated travel ban.

"A number of media reports with photographs and videos” showed General Suleimani in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon “reportedly organizing and training militia and regular forces in those countries,” according to the UN report.

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