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Fresh Clues of Iranian Nuclear Intrigue
Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/16/2008 | Glenn R. Simpson and Jay Solomon

Posted on 01/16/2009 8:44:24 AM PST by mojito

U.S. security and law-enforcement officials say they have fresh evidence of recent efforts by Iran to evade sanctions and acquire metals from China used in high-tech weaponry, including long-range nuclear missiles.

Iran's efforts are detailed in a series of recent emails and letters between Iranian companies and foreign suppliers seen by The Wall Street Journal. Business records show one Iranian company, ABAN Commercial & Industrial Ltd., has contracted through an intermediary for more than 30,000 kilograms (about 66,000 pounds) of tungsten copper -- which can be used in missile guidance systems -- from Advanced Technology & Materials Co. Ltd. of Beijing. One March 2008 email between the firms mentions shipping 215 ingots, with more planned.

The United Arab Emirates has informed the U.S. that in September it intercepted a Chinese shipment headed to Iran of specialized aluminum sheets that can be used to make ballistic missiles. A month earlier, UAE officials also intercepted an Iran-bound shipment of titanium sheets that can be used in long-range missiles, according to a recent letter to the U.S. Commerce Department from the UAE's Washington ambassador.

Evidence of Iran's efforts to acquire sensitive materials also is emerging from investigations by state and federal prosecutors in New York into whether a number of major Western banks illegally handled funds for Iran and deliberately hid Iranian transactions routed through the U.S. One focus of the inquiries is the role of Italy, including the Rome branch of Iran's Bank Sepah and Italy's Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Spa. Banca Intesa said it is cooperating in the inquiries.

The developments could present President-elect Barack Obama with an early test in responding to what many Washington security officials now say is a rapidly growing threat to the region, including U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: armstrade; china; geopolitics; iran; nuclearweapons; proliferation
Damning evidence.
1 posted on 01/16/2009 8:44:24 AM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

Wasn’t it smart of el Presidente Busho to refuse the sale of bunker busters to Israel?


2 posted on 01/16/2009 8:52:49 AM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: mojito
The only two questions are will Bush do something before the 20th, and will Israel wait until after the 20th?

My money is Israel's action will get lost in the middle of the herd of crisis events starting on the 21st...

3 posted on 01/16/2009 8:55:39 AM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama, now that you've caught the car, what are you going to do with it, hmmm?)
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To: null and void
My money is Israel's action will get lost in the middle of the herd of crisis events starting on the 21st...

Let's see, Somalia implodes (already happening), Pakistan - India conflict (in process), South America provides bases for Russia and Islamist groups (done deal), Two front war in Israel (just about there), Europe capitulates to Islamists (just about there), Mexico implodes (happening), worldwide financial chaos (just about completed), Iran tests bomb(not just yet, but soon), chaos in Zimbabwe and west Africa (done deal), Russia goes to war to retake Ukraine and Georgia (Any second now), and finally US Secretary of State stages coup seizing White House (in the planning stages).

4 posted on 01/16/2009 9:18:06 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

You missed China/Taiwan...


5 posted on 01/16/2009 9:24:53 AM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama, now that you've caught the car, what are you going to do with it, hmmm?)
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To: null and void

So I did!!! Must be getting confused by the number and scope of disasters in the making.


6 posted on 01/16/2009 9:34:36 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: Oldpuppymax
Israel seems to be making the best of the SDBs we did send.
7 posted on 01/16/2009 9:36:13 AM PST by Dawnsblood
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To: JimSEA

Natural enough. China has been working very diligently to stay under the radar.


8 posted on 01/16/2009 9:36:41 AM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama, now that you've caught the car, what are you going to do with it, hmmm?)
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To: mojito

Good thing the big O will be overseeing Iran and it’s activities... otherwise we (and Israel) could be facing some heavy duty ****.


9 posted on 01/16/2009 9:51:17 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll)
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