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Report: Iran smuggling weapons via Dubai
British Telegraph newspaper says Tehran successfully smuggling sophisticated technological equipment from leading Western manufacturers into Iran via trading company based in Dubai
Published: 06.06.10, 13:22 / Israel News
On the backdrop of assurances from the West that the next round of sanctions against Iran is forthcoming, a British newspaper reported Sunday that Iran is smuggling advanced weapons systems and equipment used in the country's uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz.
According to the report in the Sunday Telegraph, an Iranian company tied to the country's nuclear program acquired high-grade German equipment including computers, controllers, communication cards and cables using false end-user certificates without the knowledge of the German company.
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The deal was apparently negotiated with a Dubai trading company, which then sold the equipment to the Iranian company.
A report from the International Atomic Energy Agency leaked to the media at the beginning of last week claims that Iran has thus far collected 2,400 kg (about 5,290 lbs) of low-enriched uranium. If this quantity is enriched to the necessary levels, it would be enough to make two atomic bombs.
According to Western sources, the report proves that Iran has ceased its suspension of its military nuclear program. The Telegraph reported that this explain Iran's attempts to smuggle equipment via Dubai.
The Iranian company that received the equipment is Kalaye Electric, which is also subject to international sanctions due to its connections with the Iranian nuclear program. The company is responsible for the procurement and development of centrifuges used at Natanz.
Iranian Ambassador to the UK Rasoul Movahedian denied the report, saying that Iran has no need to import or smuggle technological equipment.
A senior official in the UN told the British paper, "The Iranians are still managing to smuggle sophisticated technology through Dubai for its nuclear program by using false certificates and unscrupulous intermediaries. We need the Dubai authorities to be more rigorous in preventing the transfer of this equipment to Iran."
Security Council to discuss sanctions this week
The US and the world powers believe that Iran's uranium enrichment program is being used to produce nuclear weapons, and have rejected the agreement Turkey and Brazil recently brokered with Tehran under the claim that the deal does not ensure that Iran will cease its dangerous nuclear activities.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on Thursday that he believes a vote on sanctions will be held this week. The sanctions resolution, if adopted, will lead to a fourth sanctions package being imposed on Tehran. The US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China already agreed on a draft resolution last month.
The draft seeks to expand the existing embargo on weapons trading with Iran to oversee every bank transaction to or from Iran, and to freeze the licensing for all Iranian banks to open branches abroad. In addition, the resolution would stipulate tight oversight of "suspicious" Iranian ships in ports around the world, as well as the high seas.