Sanctions Against Iran Don’t Even Work For Cell Phone Technology

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The sanctions against Iran are working so well that we can’t even keep cell-phone technology out of their hands. A new Iranian cell-phone carrier managed to get their hands on sophisticated U.S. technology.

Sanctions prohibit the sales of American technology to Iran. The Iranians were able to do it through a network of tech companies in Iran (MTN) and the Middle East. Some of the equipment was obtained via Dubai.

U.S. enforcement of sanctions appears to be lacking.

The sourced equipment came from Sun Microsystems Inc, Hewlett Packard Co and Cisco Systems Inc. Sun and Cisco said they have no idea how it happened and they are investigating

Last spring,  ZTE Corp, a Chinese telecom-equipment maker, had sold and/or shipped millions of dollars worth of U.S. hardware and software to Iran since 2010 despite the U.S. sales ban.

A former top executive for MTN, Chris Kilowan, said that there is nothing available in the U.S. that can’t be gotten in Iran.

The United States said today that Israel is receptive to new sanctions to curb Iran’s nuclear program. I guess that is because they’ve worked so well thus far (irony).

If Israel is receptive, it is only because they have no choice. The sanctions are ineffective in keeping technology out of their hands.

Reuters claims it happened because the U.S. is concentrating on materials directly connected to the nuclear program. That’s a feeble and implausible excuse.

Today Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that any Israeli move against Iran will be met with a strike on the “head like lightning.” He went on about Zionists and evil Americans who cowed Egyptian leaders for years and who are now trying to sow strife in Muslim nations to hide their own weakness.

Still slip sliding around the issue of a nuclear Iran, the Ayatollah said that what the West should be afraid of is not a nuclear Iran but an Islamic Iran.

The empowered Ayatollah said, “It is Islamic Iran that has triggered an earthquake that is shaking the pillars of the hegemonistic powers.The Iranian nation has proved that a nation can make true progress without dependence on the United States, without reliance on the self-proclaimed powers.”He further stated, “Sanctions cannot prevent the Iranian nation from making progress.”
That last statement seems to be the most accurate statement of all.
Read the stories at Reuters and Tehran Times
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