2 July 2014
UN expert panel: weapons from Iran destined for Sudan, in violation of arms embargo
According to a confidential report by the UN Security Council’s Panel of Experts that was obtained by Reuters on 27 June 2014, a cargo of arms that was intercepted by Israel in March, came from Iran and constitutes a breach of the UN arms embargo on Iran.
Israel stated that the weapons were being sent to the Gaza Strip, but according to the experts they were destined for Sudan. Western diplomatic and intelligence sources have informed Reuters that in the past Sudan has been a conduit for illicit arms from Iran to other places in Africa and the Gaza Strip. The allegation by Israel that some of the weapons were of Syrian origin could not be confirmed by the panel.
Iran is currently negotiating with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China in order to secure an agreement that would gradually revoke international sanctions on Iran, including the arms embargo, in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.