May 17 2018

UN probes Turkey for breaking sanctions on Iran – report

The United Nations has launched an investigation after Turkey allegedly attempted to sell Israeli capacitors used in the nuclear industry to Iran, Yedioth Aharonoth newspaper said.

A shipment of the capacitors, produced by Jerusalem-based company Celem Power Capacitors and bought by Turkey, was intercepted by the government of the United Arab Emirates, the newspaper reported.

The UN has asked the Israeli government for more information as it conducts the investigation.

"We'll be grateful if your government can provide pertinent information on the matter forthwith," a letter from the UN said, according to Yedioth Aharonoth.

The sale of the electronic equipment to Iran would violate a Security Council resolution, the newspaper said.

Turkish officials and a state-run bank are already under investigation by U.S. authorities for allegedly breaking sanctions on Iran by funneling cash for the Islamic republic through the international financial system by falsifying gold and food exports.

An official of Halkbank is in a U.S. jail and the judge presiding over the case said he was a mere “cog in a wheel” in a scheme approved by senior Turkish officials, including at least one minister. Turkey denies that Halkbank broke any sanctions.

Turkey has criticised sanctions placed on Iran, as well as U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a multilatreral agreement on Iran's nuclear program.