Skip to comments.Report: Iran Smuggling German-Made Nuclear Equipment Via Dubai
Posted on 06/06/2010 6:46:00 AM PDT by edpc
Iran has been able to smuggle advanced technological equipment to its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz via a complex smuggling route based in Dubai, the Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday.
According to the report, an Iranian company has purchased control systems from one of Germany's leading electronic manufacturers. The deal was negotiated with a Dubai trading company, which in turn sold Iran a range of electronic equipment for use at its enrichment facility, the British website reported.
The report comes amid growing concerns that though Iran claims its nuclear program has only peaceful aims, Tehran is in fact working toward manufacturing nuclear weapons.
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Well, at least we're pressuring them. Obama used this phrase a lot during the 2008 campaign, mostly pertaining to Pakistan providing more of an effort in the WOT.
Pressure, diplomatic or otherwise, is only effective if the other party respects and fears you.
Hussein has nearly completed his task in destroying America. There are few countries, even allies, who respect us and no one fears us these days.
That's not important. The really important thing is what happened on a ferry boat in the Eastern Mediterranean. Doesn't this reporter have any sense of priorities?
Don’t believe for one minute that Germany doesnt know where that stuff is going.
Seling out he world for a buck.
Many won’t. The idea of Germans dealing with muslims on a nuclear program threatening Israel won’t sit well with some.
Assuming this is all true, I have to wonder about those that sell this kind of equipment to countries such as Iran.
Do they really think when everything goes south, and nuclear weapons are used, that they will some how not be hurt?
If I know one thing about life, I know it is often unpredictiable. When the nuclear “club” only had a few members, they understood that the use of nuclear weapons would mean everyone dies. They were very careful not to act too quickley in a crisis.
With these newest members that equation changes because unlike before, they do not care who dies, even themselves. When the next nuclear weapon is used, it will come without warning.
The unpredictabilily of it all is how will the world react?
I have a sinking feeling (pure speculation) that Iran may have several assembled nuclear devices and is delaying a test until they have several bombs secreted away form any potential Israeli strike.
“Iran using Dubai to smuggle nuclear components”
SNIPPET: “Iran is using the Gulf port of Dubai to smuggle sophisticated electronic and computer equipment for its controversial uranium enrichment programme that are banned under United Nations sanctions.”
By Con Coughlin
Published: 8:00AM BST 06 Jun 2010
SNIPPET: “In the latest deal, an Iranian company associated with the regime’s nuclear programme has acquired control systems from one of Germany’s leading electronics manufacturers. The deal was negotiated with a prominent Dubai trading company, which then sold Iran a range of electronic equipment for use at its Natanz uranium enrichment facility.”
SNIPPET: “This would explain Iran’s renewed attempts to smuggle banned equipment through Dubai. In the latest deal, details of which have been obtained exclusively by The Sunday Telegraph, high-grade German equipment including computers, controllers, communication cards and cables have been smuggled into Iran.
The equipment was sold to Iran without the knowledge of its German manufacturer by a Dubai-based intermediary using false end-user certificates for companies in Asia, even though the sale of technology that can be used in Iran’s nuclear programme is banned under UN Security Council resolutions.
The equipment was delivered to Kalaye Electric, an Iranian company which is also subject to sanctions because of its close association with Iran’s nuclear programme. Kalaye Electric is responsible for the procurement and development of the centrifuges that are used at Natanz to enrich uranium.
The smuggling accusations were denied by Iran, which insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful. Its ambassador to London, Rasoul Movahedian, added that the country had no need to import or smuggle technical components.”
SNIPPET: “Following an exhaustive investigation of the reports on Iran compiled by UN nuclear inspectors working for the IAEA, Western officials are convinced that Iran has secretly resumed work on building an atom bomb.
“When you look in detail at Iran’s declarations on its nuclear programme, the only logical conclusion that can be drawn is that Iran has only one aim, and that is to build nuclear weapons,” said a senior Western counter-proliferation official.”
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Iran Announces New, Faster Centrifuges for Uranium Enrichment
VOA News ^ | April 9, 2010 | Edward Yeranian
Posted on April 9, 2010 9:33:48 PM PDT by myknowledge
Iran announced Friday that is had developed a new, faster generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment, signaling its determination to press on with its nuclear work despite possible new sanctions being sought by U.S. President Barack Obama.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had indicated earlier in the week that a momentous development was in the offing about Irans nuclear program and Fridays announcement of a new generation of centrifuges at the Natanz enrichment facility came as little surprise.
Both Mr. Ahmadinejad and Irans atomic energy head Ali Akbar Salehi spoke at a ceremony marking Fridays Nuclear Energy Day, amid pomp and media fanfare.
Salehi spoke at great length about Irans nuclear achievements, thanking Iranian scientists for their hard work, and praised President Ahmedinejad for his part in the nuclear program. He then went on to laud the most recent development.
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Iran got nuke gear from Chinese firm
The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 3, 2010 | Jpost.com staff
Posted on April 4, 2010 7:02:26 PM PDT by myknowledge
Iran recently managed to obtain equipment critical to its uranium enrichment efforts, and which is banned by UN sanctions against the country, through a Chinese company, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
According to the report, the hardware which included valves and vacuum gauges for enrichment centrifuges was bought by an Iranian research firm which is linked to the countrys atomic energy organization. It was purchased from an intermediary representing a Chinese company - Zheijiang Ouhai Trade Corp.
According to the report, news of the purchase reached Western officials after an email detailing the sale was sent to the International Atomic Energy Agency. An investigation has been launched into the allegations.
The valves and gauges were actually produced by a French company, KD Valves-Descote, which has denied involvement in the sale and says it does not even know how the equipment reached the Chinese firm.
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