Iran official: German firm planted bombs in parts meant for nuclear program


Iranian lawmaker says security experts discovered the explosives in components supplied by Siemens and removed them before detonation; firm denies claims.

Haaretz

Iran accused Germany’s Siemens on Saturday of implanting tiny explosives inside equipment the Islamic Republic purchased for its disputed nuclear program, a charge the technology giant denied.

Prominent lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Iranian security experts discovered the explosives and removed them before detonation, adding that authorities believe the booby-trapped equipment was sold to derail uranium enrichment efforts.

“The equipment was supposed to explode after being put to work, in order to dismantle all our systems,” he said. “But the wisdom of our experts thwarted the enemy conspiracy.”

Siemens denied the charge and said its nuclear division has had no business with Iran since the 1979 revolution that led to its current clerical state.

“Siemens rejects the allegations and stresses that we have no business ties to the Iranian nuclear program,” spokesman for the Munich-based company Alexander Machowetz said.

Boroujerdi, who heads the parliamentary security committee, alleged that the explosives were implanted at a Siemens factory and demanded the company take responsibility.

Any sale of nuclear equipment to Iran is banned under U.N. sanctions, raising the possibility that if it indeed has some, it may have been acquired through third parties. Boroujerdi did not say when or how Iran obtained Siemens equipment. Despite a wide array of international sanctions, Germany remains one of Iran’s most important trading partners.

The U.S. and its allies suspect Iran’s nuclear work is aimed at producing weapons. Iran says it only wants to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, and asserts it has been the target of a concerted campaign by Israel, the U.S. and their allies to undermine its nuclear efforts through covert operations.

Some Iranian officials have also suggested in the past that specific European companies may have sold faulty equipment to Iran with the knowledge of American intelligence agencies and their own governments, since the sales would have harmed, rather than helped, the country’s nuclear program.

According to Iran, the alleged campaign has included the abduction of scientists, the sale of faulty equipment and the planting of a destructive computer worm known as Stuxnet, which briefly brought Iran’s uranium enrichment activity to a halt in 2010.

Iran’s nuclear chief, Fereidoun Abbasi, said Monday that separate attacks on Iran’s centrifuges — through tiny explosives meant to disable key parts of the machines — were discovered before the blasts could go off on timers.

Abbasi also told the UN nuclear agency in Vienna that “terrorists and saboteurs” might have infiltrated the International Atomic Energy Agency, after the watchdog’s inspectors arrived at the Fordo underground enrichment facility shortly after power lines were blown up through sabotage on Aug. 17.

Iran has repeatedly accused the IAEA of sending spies in the guise of inspectors to collect information about its nuclear activities, pointing to alleged leaks of information by inspectors to U.S. and other officials.

Five nuclear scientists and researchers have been killed in Iran since 2010. Tehran blames the deaths on Israel’s Mossad spy agency as well as the CIA and Britain’s MI-6. Washington and London have denied any roles. Israel has not commented.

Boroujerdi said the alleged leaks of nuclear information to its adversaries by the IAEA may finally push Tehran to end all cooperation with the agency.

“Iran has the right to cut its cooperation with the IAEA should such violations continue,” he said.

  1. #1 by Al on September 22, 2012 - 8:38 pm

    In this crooked world anything is possible…

  2. #2 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on September 22, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    A very kosher gift!

    BAFS

  3. #3 by MJ on September 23, 2012 - 2:51 am

    My goodness they really are one united front in support of Israel.

  4. #4 by Mouser on September 23, 2012 - 6:06 am

    The white people of israel are Khazarians and they are not semitic. I believe they are what the bible refers to as false jews. They and their relatives around the world are behaving like a synagogue of satan to the semitic Palestinians and to all who are not Khazarians.

    I have been thinking about what is presently going on and the following is my take.

    I believe the conquering of lands is taking place by paper. Those seeking to control the world have lent the separate countries ‘money’ at interest in order to put each country into unrepayable debt. All legalised by laws in each country. Gradually the debts will be called in by the lender and the governments of each country will have no legal choice but to ‘sell’ the land of the country to those who own the paper debt slips. All legal in each country. Once those conquering the world by paper have acquired all the land in each country they can declare that land off-limits to the former citizens. Agenda 21 comes directly to mind.

    In the final result a handful of individual families will own all of the land on earth and all other people will be landless serfs, easily enslaved to work for food and shelter to the world owners.

    Paper money and gold have no real value, but land that provides everthing needed to live is infinitely valuable. Own the land and the people are automatically under your full control.

    Peace

  5. #5 by Viper on September 23, 2012 - 6:34 am

    *cough Twin Towers & Building 7.

  6. #6 by Vickie Jacobs on September 23, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    So called ‘prophet’ Rick Joyner, on the Jim Bakker show, September 21,2012, (#2142) said that the church needs to look to Germany because Germany has a common purpose with Israel.

    Let me tell you what is really about to happen to you church:
    This feathered fowl prophet is about to come for any who go against those who know the Lord in truth, Ezekiel 39:17,23,24. They are the winepress (Isaiah 63:2,6,8,10,17) for God’s judgment to make you err and then to squeese the hell out of you if you think anything different than Israel is a demon in disquise. They are mighty now…Isaiah 13:3—……

  7. #7 by Ingrid B on September 23, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    @Mouser, you could be right, they`ve done something similar in Palestine..

  8. #8 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on September 23, 2012 - 5:34 pm

    #6 by Vickie Jacobs on September 23, 2012 – 12:10 pm

    “… Germany has a common purpose with Israel.”

    Herr Adolph Hitler created Israel, didn’t he, with the Pope’s blessings, UK and US finances, support (including Russian support) and under their authority?

    Basheer

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