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Iran Nuclear Ring Probed
The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2010 | Peter Fritsch and David Crawford

Posted on 04/03/2010 5:17:10 AM PDT by myknowledge

An Iranian firm closely linked to Tehran's nuclear program acquired special hardware for enriching uranium, despite sanctions intended to keep such equipment out of Iran, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

In recent weeks, the officials said, an Iranian procurement firm obtained critical valves and vacuum gauges made by a French company that until December was owned by U.S. industrial conglomerate Tyco International. The French and U.S. firms said they knew nothing of the case.

Western authorities are still struggling to understand precisely how the valves and gauges in question reached Iran. The International Atomic Energy Agency is investigating the matter, according to a Vienna-based diplomat, and Western intelligence agencies also are investigating, The Wall Street Journal has learned.

A Jan. 14 email that triggered the IAEA investigation alleged that the valves moved through an intermediary representing a Chinese company based near Shanghai.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chineseconnexion; frenchconnexion; iran; irannukes; nukeprogram

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits a uranium-processing facility outside Isfahan last year.

So there's not only a French connection to the Iranian nuke program, but also a Chinese connection.

1 posted on 04/03/2010 5:17:11 AM PDT by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge

Headline violates DADT policy.

2 posted on 04/03/2010 5:19:04 AM PDT by edpc (Those Lefties just ain't right)
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3 posted on 04/03/2010 5:32:44 AM PDT by myknowledge (B.H. Obama's just a frontman. A frontman for who? The globalist elite, stupid!)
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To: myknowledge

don’t ask don’t tell

4 posted on 04/03/2010 5:42:52 AM PDT by edpc (Those Lefties just ain't right)
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How much Vaseline does one apply to probe the Iranian nuclear ring?

5 posted on 04/03/2010 7:13:41 AM PDT by cartoonistx
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