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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Inspector Tamim misses a big one

Dubai's Inspector Tamim may have been great at ferreting out false passports used to kill terrorists but either he's lousy at detecting nuclear parts or more likely he just didn't care. Dubai's ambassador to the IAEA admitted on Thursday that the country has been acting as a way station for nuclear weapons components heading to Iran.
United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Hamad al-Kaabi has confirmed reports that Iran is using Dubai ports to smuggle equipment needed for its nuclear program, but noted the steps his country had taken to clamp down on blacklisted companies.

This is the first official acknowledgement from the state that it is a popular transit point for smuggling.

The UK newspaper Telegraph last month revealed the existence of a deal made by an Iranian company with links to the nuclear program. The company bought control systems from a German electronics manufacturer via trading firms from Dubai. The UK paper reported Thursday that al-Kaabi had confirmed the previous reports.

Computers and control systems are among the forbidden goods reaching Iran, as well as cables and communication equipment. The goods were sold to Iran without the German producer's knowledge using fake purchasing certificates.

The Iranian company receiving the goods is the Kalaye Electric Company which is subject to the international sanctions regime because of its links with Iran's nuclear program. The firm is responsible for purchasing and developing the centrifuges required for enriching uranium.

Al-Kaabi noted that after the UN Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Iran last month, Dubai authorities held a series of raids on firms with contacts in Iran's Revolutionary Guard. Dubai also froze the bank accounts of 41 Iranian companies and organizations who were on the sanctions blacklist.
Sounds to me like they closed the barn door after the horse escaped.

And you wonder why Israel is going to have to attack Iran itself?


At 10:04 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Sounds like Inspector Tamim has been following all the breadcrumbs and has yet to solve the case to which his police department has devoted to nearly five months of work. Let's hope he wastes some more time on it.



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