Reuters: Iran Smuggling Arms to Syria in Violation of UN Sanctions

Reuters reports that Iran continues to violate United Nations sanctions by shipping arms to Syria, as that nation's government crushes its opposition with Iranian and Russian assistance:

Syria remains the top destination for Iranian arms shipments in violation of a U.N. Security Council ban on weapons exports by the Islamic Republic, according to a confidential report on Iran sanctions-busting seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Iran, like Russia, is one of Syria's few allies as it presses ahead with a 14-month old assault on opposition forces determined to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

News of the panel's report came as Tehran and the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency try narrow their differences on how to tackle concerns over Iran's atomic program, and as Iran prepares for talks with the five permanent council members and Germany in Iraq next week.

The report also says that UN sanctions are having some impact on Iranian imports of "some critical items required for its prohibited nuclear program."

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