United Arab Emirates

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Kerr, Simeon,  & Morris, Harvey, Financial Times, August 29, 2009, p. 4.

  1. “The United Arab Emirates has seized a ship secretly carrying embargoed North Korean arms to Iran, say diplomats.”
  2. ”The UAE reported the seizure to the UN sanctions committee responsible for vetting the implementation of measures, including an arms embargo, imposed against North Korea under Security Council resolution 1874…”
  3. ”A UN diplomat whose country is represented on the sanctions committee said the UAE reported the ship was carrying 10 containers of weapons and related items, including rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition. He said the consignment had been ordered by Iran’s TSS, a company said to be linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and previously subject to international bans on importing weapons-related items.”
  4. ”The vessel, identified by diplomats as the Bahamian-flagged ANL-Australia, … The UN sanctions committee has written to the Iranian and North Korean governments pointing out that the shipment puts them in violation of UN resolution 1874.”
  5. ”The UN resolution, adopted following North Korea’s second nuclear test in May, extended an existing ban on the transfer of heavy weapons and nuclear and missile-related technology to cover all arms exports by Pyongyang.”
  6. ”The binding resolution authorises states to seize and dispose of items that break the embargo. The resolution also requires states to report to the committee on what action they are taking to implement sanctions.”
  7. ”While most focus is on dual-use technology, diplomats said the clampdown on public dissent after Iran’s contested elections had also raised concerns about supplies of arms to state-linked militias.”

United Arab Emirates, Iran, North KoreaUNSCR 1874, Dual Use, PSI


Associated Press, “United Arab Emirates: Court Convicts American,” NYT A11, Nov. 11, 2009.

  1. “The [U.A.E.] Supreme Court convicted an American citizen on Monday of terrorism-related charges after claims that torture had been used to extract a confession.”
  2. “Hearings in the case were closed to the public and the chief justice, Khalifaa al-Muhairi, gave no details on his decision.”
  3. “Mr. hamdan has denied the allegations and says he was tortured and forced to sign a confession.”
  4. “The American Civil Liberties Union, have accused United States authorities of pushing the case in the Emirates because they lacked enough evidence for American courts.”

Jurisdiction, United Arab Emirates


Peel, Michael, “Jordan close to commissioning two nuclear reactors, declines to sign accord with U.S.” March 6, 2013. The Washington Post. Last Checked March 7, 2013. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/jordan-close-to-commissioning-two-nuclear-reactors-declines-to-sign-accord-with-us/2013/03/06/82b99cf6-868e-11e2-98a3-b3db6b9ac586_story.html

  1. “United Arab Emirates — Jordan is close to commissioning two nuclear reactors, to be built about 100 kilometers south of the Syrian border.”
  2. “Jordan’s plans highlight the political stakes of the increasing interest in nuclear power in and around the gulf region, particularly among oil-rich but energy-hungry regimes such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.”
  3. “Observers said the UAE government was keen to help Amman because it wanted access to the country’s atomic fuel reserves and technical expertise for its own project to build four nuclear reactors with a total 5.6-gigawatt capacity by 2020.”
  4. “But the stop-start history of Jordan’s nuclear program shows the potential political obstacles facing Arab states’ atomic ambitions.”
  5. “Amman has declined to sign an accord with Washington that, like a similar document agreed between the UAE and the United States, would commit it to not enriching uranium as part of its nuclear plan.”
  6. “The United States has insisted that it will not allow Jordan to enrich uranium because of what it sees as the risk of proliferation in a volatile region made more insecure by conflict in Syria and growing tensions over Iran.”
  7. “There has been a long-running debate within the Obama administration over whether countries signing civilian nuclear agreements with the U.S. should be required to give up their rights to enrich or reprocess nuclear fuel, or whether to adopt a more flexible approach.”

Nuclear, United Arab Emirates, Nonproliferation, WMD