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Channel to monitor Iranian procurement awaits real test

A new organization created by the Iran nuclear deal is waiting for foreign companies to seek approval to sell Iran nuclear-related goods and services and other items with possible military applications.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on what is expected to be "implementation day," the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal, in Vienna January 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX22N89
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A year after Iran signed a landmark nuclear accord, a key measure of whether it will succeed — a procedure to monitor Iranian procurement of nuclear and so-called dual-use materials and services — has yet to be seriously tested.

Mark Hibbs, a senior associate in the Nuclear Policy Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told Al-Monitor that a company seeking to transfer to Iran a sensitive item for display at a trade fair had submitted an application to the Procurement Working Group earlier this year. However, the application was withdrawn, he said, because it could not be processed in time for the exhibition. Hibbs did not identify the item.

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