Thursday, September 23, 2021

Germany arrests man for shipping equipment to Iran’s nuclear program

BERLIN: Germany’s federal prosecutor said on Tuesday that German police arrested a German-Iranian man on suspicion of exporting equipment used in Iran and missile programs in violation of EU sanctions.

The prosecutor said police searched 11 locations, including apartments and offices, in the states of Hamburg, Schleswig Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Under confidentiality rules the suspect, identified only as Alexander J, sent equipment worth 1.1 million euros to an Iranian whose company in Iran was blacklisted by the European Union to buy equipment for nuclear and rocket programs.

The GBA’s general prosecutor’s office said the suspect was approached to purchase laboratory equipment in 2018 and 2019. They sent two spectrometers purchased for 166,000 euros (196,987) to Iran in January 2020, and another two purchased six months later for 388,000 euros (458,059).

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They had not applied for a special export licence, which would have required such equipment to be shipped to recipients on the EU blacklist.

Western countries have long accused Iran of acquiring a nuclear weapon, which Tehran denies. In 2015, Iran signed a deal with global powers to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal, and Iran responded by violating some of its terms. There have been talks this year to revive it.

by Joseph Naso

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Germany arrests man for shipping equipment to Iran's nuclear program
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