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Iran received banned nuclear equipment from Holland

Steinitz in Washington to urge stronger action

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Iran received banned nuclear equipment from Holland

The Dutch Economic Affairs Ministry revealed on Monday that a Dutch entity was responsible for mistakenly shipping banned equipment to Iran for possible use in its renegade nuclear program.

A “shipment contained a helium-leak detector, which was ordered by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in line with its technical cooperation program with Iran, [but] was shipped to a banned recipient, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI),” said Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Maria van der Hoeven.

The revelation, obtained by the Jerusalem Post on Thursday, gives a black eye to the IAEA efforts to monitor Iran’s nuclear facilities, as well as the Dutch government, although officials in Amsterdam have initiated an internal investigation and given their assurances that the mistake will not be repeated.

In related news, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz was in Washington on Thursday for meetings with US Treasury officials during which he urged them to give Iran a clear deadline with a credible threat of future actions to give urgency to the sanctions regime already in place.

“There is tremendous progress with regard to sanctions, and we praised the American administration for its success in passing tough sanctions, which Iran is starting to feel,” he told reporters. “But it may be that sanctions alone won’t be sufficient, and the US and other countries will have to issue a clear warning and deadline, a strong and harsh ultimatum.”

 

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