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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Siemens shipped compressors to Iran?

Der Spiegel reports that German customs have discovered a shipment of compressors from Siemens to Iran. The compressors were for use in Iran's nuclear facilities (link is a Google translation from German - original German is here).
In Hamburg harbor customs has imposed a load of turbo compressors, which can be used to estimate the investigators for the Iranian missile program. The high-tech goods should have a value of 16 million euros and be part of an overall package worth 80 million euros. The show was apparently taken by a Siemens branch in Sweden on the way and was destined for an Iranian company. In another case, British marines stopped a vessel from China to Dubai, the so-called Teleperm-control technology for the Iranian Kalaye Electric Company had on board. The computers that are required, inter alia, for the control of nuclear power plants, Siemens is said to have previously delivered to a Chinese address. The controversial exports are being discussed in the export committee of the Federal Government, the matter was very sensitive in some states intern Siemens sees no violation of the Foreign Trade Law, "Our business activities in Iran is intended solely for civilian purposes and are in accordance with international law," says a company spokesman.
Yeah, right.


At 2:23 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its all about the money, stupid. At least Siemens is justifying it as a business decision. Never mind that Iran is dangerous. As long as it puts money in Siemens' pocket, that can be overlooked.

What could go wrong indeed

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Kajames said...

why sigle-out Siemens? Yokogawa has been selling "highgrade" industrial computers and software to Iran. Rotork and Fisher Valves can be found in most of Iranian Oil & Gas facilities.


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