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(Reuters) - Iran has pursued a longstanding effort to buy banned components for its nuclear and missile programs in recent months, a U.S. official said on Sunday, a period when it struck an interim deal with major powers to limit its disputed atomic activity.
Vann Van Diepen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation, said Iran was still "very actively" creating front companies and engaging in other activity to conceal procurements.
... [S]uch trade would breach a 2006 U.N. embargo banning the provision by any nation to Iran of materials related to its nuclear and missile development work.
Asked if he had seen a change in Iranian procurement behavior in the past six to 12 months, a period that has seen a cautious thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations after decades of hostility, Van Diepen replied: "The short answer is no.
"They still continue very actively trying to procure items for their nuclear program and missile program and other programs," he 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."
Asked for reaction to the allegation, a senior Iranian official replied: "No comment".
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reply to post by benrl
No doubt but I think it goes deeper in a way that tptb are helping them . The deep state would be tptb and they have a plan that uses both sides that they control to bring about change they want .It's about a end game they want to be ready to hit the switch ..The best place to pick up their tracks is with the Jesuits .Be careful because they change shoes when ever they need to but the MO is always the same in which they work .When they need to assume the humble poor kind giving priest ,they will .When they need to be a world leader they will .... They use what ever means justifies the end .edit on 16-3-2014 by the2ofusr1 because: (no reason given)
Iran has pursued a longstanding effort to buy banned components for its nuclear and missile programs in recent months, a U.S. official said on Sunday
reply to post by jdub297
Considering the number of US military bases surrounding them and the Israeli nuclear capabilities frankly I can't blame them. If I was in their position I'd be doing the same thing.
The US doesn't exactly have an impartial agenda in the ME and Israel's actions locally or globally cannot be causing anything but tension IMO.
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