zondag 16 januari 2011

Wikileasks :Iran building international ties to gather nuclear material

WikiLeaks: Over 350 Iranian organizations were involved in pursuing missile technology before financial collapse, Norwegian paper reveals.

OSLO, Norway — Despite a tightening net of sanctions, Iran has continued covert attempts to purchase technology for its controversial nuclear program through more than 350 companies, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reported Sunday.

Citing US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, Aftenposten reported that Iran has tried several times in 2008 and 2009 to buy uranium, computers and control systems required to run nuclear reactors.

It said the country has also tried to buy centrifuges, milling machines and materials which can increase the range of Iranian missiles.

The cables come from a trove of 250,000 uncensored US diplomatic documents that WikiLeaks has been making public. Aftenposten said last month it had obtained all the documents.

The US and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civil nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons capability. Teheran denies the accusation, saying its nuclear work is merely geared toward producing nuclear energy and isotopes to treat medical patients.

On Saturday, several international envoys — but crucially none from the world powers — got a look inside an Iranian nuclear site as part of a tour the Islamic lees verder