Has Turkey violated UN sanctions by selling Israeli equipment to Iran?

Israeli political sources told local newspapers that Turkey sold Iran electronic equipment purchased by a Turkish company from an Israeli company based in West Jerusalem.

This comes amid the diplomatic crisis that has plagued the Israeli-Turkish relations, where both countries have expulsed the respective ambassadors and exchanged insults.

Also, United Nations is investigating whether Turkey shipped Israeli-made electronic equipment to Iran in violation of UN Security Council sanctions on Tehran, the Yedioth Aharonoth daily reported on Thursday, adding that the UN has asked Israel for more information on the matter.

Sources added that the electronic capacitors cap-180-300, which can be used in enrichment process to produce a nuclear weapon, is an internationally prohibited material under Security Council Law No. 2231 of 2015.

In July 2017, according to the report, a shipment of electronic capacitors produced by Celem Power Capacitors of Jerusalem was seized in the United Arab Emirates.

Sources at the company said the equipment was sold to a Turkish company. "We don’t sell to enemy countries. If the shipment did in fact reach Iran, the Turkish purchaser defrauded us," the Israeli company said.

The Israeli company refused to give any other statement other than the previous one stating that: “it has already sold this electronic equipment to a Turkish company after having verified its credibility and received the price of the deal in advance,” adding “it had no idea that these materials would be sent to Iran.”

The company stressed that it would cooperate with any investigation because it could prove that there were no wrongdoing from its side, meaning that the Turkish buyer is the party that committed fraud.

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