News : Nuclear
- Published: Wednesday, 18 July 2018
by Poorang Novak
In a new document regarding countering of the spread of weapons of mass destruction, published by the German intelligence agency of the state of Hesse, the Islamic Republic of Iran is singled out as one of two states seeking to obtain the ultimate form of powerful weapons.
The document states, “Weapons of mass destruction are a continued instrument of power politics that also, in regional and international crises situations, can shatter the entire stability of state structures. States like Iran and North Korea attempt, in the context of proliferation, to acquire and spread such weapons by, for example, disguising the transportation ways through third countries.”
According to the report, the goal of the intelligence agencies of Iran and North Korea is “to circumvent control mechanisms in countries that are not especially subject to embargo restrictions.”
The Hesse report defined proliferation as “the production and spreading of weapons of mass destruction” and “the acquisition of compatible missile carrying systems and technology by states for which these weapons were not previously available.”
The German intelligence agency explained that the “goal of counter-intelligence is to prevent” countries like Iran and North Korea from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.
The report gives examples of illegal proliferation technology needed for the production of weapons of mass destruction, including “equipment for the enrichment of uranium, nuclear reactors in connection with reprocessing plants, bioreactors, drying installation facilities, and the production process for precursor chemical products.”
The intelligence agency noted that countries do not obtain completed weapons of mass destruction, but instead secure “individual components, equipment, technologies and their products.”
The intelligence report covering the year of 2017 has not yet been published by the state of Hesse.
Each of Germany’s 16 states publish intelligence reports about threats to the democratic system. The federal government then publishes a nation-wide report.
The 2017 national report ignored the North Rhine-Westphalia intelligence report that said Iran sought to obtain illicit technology that could be used for military nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The state reported last year that Iran made “32 procurement attempts… that definitely or with high likelihood was undertaken for the benefit of proliferation programs.”
German state reports frequently list more concrete data on Iran than the national intelligence report. In fact, the German state of Baden-Württemberg reported, “Iran continued to undertake, as did Pakistan and Syria, efforts to obtain goods and know-how to be used for the development of weapons of mass destruction and to optimize corresponding missile-delivery systems.”
Bavaria’s intelligence agency also noted in its April report, “Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Pakistan are making efforts to expand their conventional weapons arsenal through the production of weapons of mass destruction.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas both support of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that aims to curb Tehran’s drive to become an atomic weapons power. But, the state intelligence agency reports that document Iran’s illegal proliferation activities in 2017 in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, have received no comments from Merkel or Maas.
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