Skip to comments.Iran Nuclear Ring Probed
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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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.
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don’t ask don’t tell
How much Vaseline does one apply to probe the Iranian nuclear ring?
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