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New Evidence Of Iran’s Nuclear Program

From the Wall Street Journal:

Fresh Clues of Iranian Nuclear Intrigue


January 16, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. security and law-enforcement officials say they have fresh evidence of recent efforts by Iran to evade sanctions and acquire metals from China used in high-tech weaponry, including long-range nuclear missiles.

Iran’s efforts are detailed in a series of recent emails and letters between Iranian companies and foreign suppliers seen by The Wall Street Journal. Business records show one Iranian company, ABAN Commercial & Industrial Ltd., has contracted through an intermediary for more than 30,000 kilograms (about 66,000 pounds) of tungsten copper — which can be used in missile guidance systems — from Advanced Technology & Materials Co. Ltd. of Beijing. One March 2008 email between the firms mentions shipping 215 ingots, with more planned.

The United Arab Emirates has informed the U.S. that in September it intercepted a Chinese shipment headed to Iran of specialized aluminum sheets that can be used to make ballistic missiles. A month earlier, UAE officials also intercepted an Iran-bound shipment of titanium sheets that can be used in long-range missiles, according to a recent letter to the U.S. Commerce Department from the UAE’s Washington ambassador.

Evidence of Iran’s efforts to acquire sensitive materials also is emerging from investigations by state and federal prosecutors in New York into whether a number of major Western banks illegally handled funds for Iran and deliberately hid Iranian transactions routed through the U.S. One focus of the inquiries is the role of Italy, including the Rome branch of Iran’s Bank Sepah and Italy’s Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Spa. Banca Intesa said it is cooperating in the inquiries…

Last year the United Nations Security Council, which includes China, formally imposed sanctions on Iran’s military and most of its banks for nuclear proliferation activities…

Documents detailing Iran’s metals acquisition efforts are being reviewed by U.S. law-enforcement and intelligence officials, people involved in the matter said. Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said he is conducting a broad inquiry into illegal transactions by Iran. Last week, Lloyds TSB of London agreed to pay $350 million to settle U.S. sanctions-busting charges with Mr. Morgenthau’s office and the Justice Department. The bank admitted it violated U.S. law but said the practice has ceased

Sheesh. Even Lloyds of London are helping the Iranians.

But we really have nothing to fear. After all, the United Nations has imposed these sanctions. And surely they will not allow them to be flaunted.

Moreover, in just a few days Iran’s nuclear ambitions will no longer be a problem.

President Obama will finally get a chance to sit down and reason with Mr. Ahmadinejad and sort this all out, once and for all.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “New Evidence Of Iran’s Nuclear Program”

  1. proreason says:

    Obamy will offer to bail-out the Iranians with our unlimitted supply of money, and Akmanutjob will agree to become an aggrieved class in the U.S.

    Iran couldn’t possibly do better than that.

    But nutjob will insist on retaining his “right” to blow Israel off the face of the earth, and Obamy will off course agree to that resonable request. After all, Jews are a voting minority in the U.S. and they will vote for Obamy under any circumstances, since they think the NY Slimes employs “journalists”.

  2. heykev says:

    Bush has a few more days…he should go out with a bang!

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