U.S.: Iran Pursuing Banned Items for Nuclear, Missile Work – William Maclean
(Dailyalert.org, Mar. 17, 2014)
Iran is still creating front companies and engaging in other activity to conceal procurement of banned components for its nuclear and missile programs, Vann Van Diepen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation, said Sunday. Such trade would breach a 2006 UN embargo banning the provision by any nation to Iran of materials related to its nuclear and missile development work.
“They still continue very actively trying to procure items for their nuclear program and missile program and other programs,” Van Diepen told Reuters in an interview. “We continue to see them very actively setting up and operating through front companies, falsifying documentation, engaging in multiple levels of trans-shipment…to put more apparent distance between where the item originally came from and where it is ultimately going.” (Reuters)