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Iran Got Nuclear Supplies From Chi-Coms

From the Wall Street Journal:

Iran Nuclear Ring Probed

Western Authorities Investigate China Connection in Export of French Valves

By PETER FRITSCH and DAVID CRAWFORD

APRIL 3, 2010

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…

An investigator familiar with the IAEA probe said Iran has made about 10 attempts to acquire valves used in uranium enrichment in the last two years. "Some deliveries got through, others didn’t," he said. Other officials said it isn’t uncommon for manufacturers’ products to land in Iran without the makers’ knowledge.

Policing the flow of goods, which often involves multiple foreign transhipment ports and a constantly shifting cast of middlemen, is a notoriously difficult task, but is gaining urgency as Western governments fear Tehran is inching closer to being able to make a nuclear weapon.

The U.S. is intensifying a push for China and other members of the United Nations Security Council to agree on sanctions that could clamp down more strongly on shipments headed to Iran that might break existing bans on equipment sales.

The Obama administration is focused on a mid-April goal to agree on a proposed slate of sanctions, and Chinese president Hu Jintao is attending the White House’s summit on nuclear security then. China, which just hosted Iran’s top nuclear negotiatior, has been the strongest holdout among member countries who can veto U.N. sanctions.

Little is known about the Iranian firm alleged to have obtained the valves, Javedan Mehr Toos. The company couldn’t be reached to comment, and Iranian officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment…

Our friends, the Chinese?

The hell you say!

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Iran Got Nuclear Supplies From Chi-Coms”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “The International Atomic Energy Agency is investigating the matter…”

    Yes, this will certainly turn up how this all happened. (Sure it will)

  3. Mithrandir says:

    Our own corrupt government vs. The Chinese, Iran, Hugo Chavez, Russia, Al Qaida. I don’t know who to root for!

    Seriously…..I am thinking…..


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