Group Keeps Watch on Iran and Possible Sanction Violations

June 20, 2013 10:00 PM

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Group Keeps Watch on Iran and Possible Sanction Violations

The analysts work for United Against Nuclear Iran, a privately financed advocacy group founded by former American diplomats that has become an annoying thorn to Iran, which regards it as a vigilante extension of a hostile American foreign policy. The group’s latest effort is its maritime monitoring system, which it says provides a new level of scrutiny of compliance with the sanctions imposed on Iran by the West because of Iran’s disputed nuclear energy program.

Although the economic and trade sanctions, including a European oil embargo, have deeply hurt Iran, the country has been somewhat successful in finding ways to evade them, the group says. A litany of clever tactics for cloaking commerce on the high seas has included reflagging, renaming or clandesti...

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