The UN has launched an investigation into Turkey for allegedly transferring electronic equipment to Iran in violation of Security Council resolutions. Yediot Aharonot news revealed that the banned components were made by a Jerusalem-based company, Celem Power Capacitors. The UN Secretariat has asked Israel to provide relevant information.

Iranian military equipment on display

Iranian military equipment on display Photo Credit: EPA

Turkey is under investigation by the UN for allegedly selling banned electronic equipment to Iran and violating a Security Council resolution from 2015.

The equipment was purchased from an Israel-based company, Celem Power Capacitors, as reported by Yediot Ahronot news. The electronic components appear on the list of nuclear-related products and technologies prohibited for export to the Islamic Republic under UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

The UN launched the official investigation after a shipment of forbidden electronic equipment from Turkey to Iran was seized by the UAE government in July 2017. The CSP 180-300 capacitors that were confiscated were identified as manufactured by Celem Power Capacitors.

The UN Secretariat, which is responsible for investigating breaches of Security Council resolutions, asked for Israel’s cooperation in the case. “We would be grateful if your government would provide relevant information on the subject soon,” the Secretariat said.

Celem Power Capacitors has admitted to selling the equipment to a Turkish company. The company stressed the transaction was completed only after conducting a background check of the buyer and receiving all the payment in advance.

“We will fully cooperate with the investigation. We will prove that we sold this to Turkey to an orderly company,” the electronics manufacturer stated. “Turkey is not an enemy state and there is nothing that prevents us from trading [with it]. If the shipment actually arrived in Iran, the Turkish buyer cheated us.”