Tehran believed to have made at least nine ‘clandestine’ attempts to acquire materiel that could be used for nuclear arms development
Iran has been continually violating the terms of the nuclear agreement signed last summer with the world powers, including Germany, and has been making attempts to acquire materiel to further its nuclear ambitions, a new German intelligence report has revealed.
The annual report by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the German equivalent to the FBI, charges that Iran has been making “clandestine” efforts to seek equipment and technology, “especially goods that can be used in the field of nuclear technology,” from German companies “at what is, even by international standards, a quantitatively high level.”
The report stated that Iran made at least nine attempts to acquire technology that could be used for nuclear arms development, according to an i24 News report in Israel that cited Germany’s Tagesspiegel daily. The majority of the attempts were thwarted by the intelligence agency in cooperation with the German companies.
“It is safe to expect that Iran will continue its intensive procurement activities in Germany using clandestine methods to achieve its objectives,” the report read.
German chancellor Angela Merkel briefed parliament on the findings, saying that “Iran continued unabated to develop its rocket program in conflict with the relevant provisions of the UN Security Council.”
Israel’s Ambassador to Germany Yakov Hadas-Handelsman told Tagesspiegel: “Once again we are seeing the confirmation of our concerns, that are shared also by the German side: It’s not enough to simply trust Tehran.”
Full article: Iran seeking illegal nuke, missile technology: German intelligence (The Times of Israel)