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Germany Says Iran Still Trying To Acquire Nuclear Technology

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Nuclear power plant in Iran

Nuclear power plant in Iran. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Germany charged on July 8 that conservative forces in Iran still appear to be trying to acquire nuclear technology, likely with the goal of undermining Tehran’s nuclear deal with the West.

Germany’s intelligence agency said in its annual report Iran’s persistent efforts to illegally acquire nuclear technology in Germany continued at a “high level” during 2015.

A separate report from the intelligence agency in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia this week said it had registered 141 attempts to acquire technology for proliferation purposes last year, and that two-thirds of these attempts were linked to Iran.

Commenting on the reports on July 8, Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said that they made for “unpleasant” reading, but he noted that they covered a period before the landmark nuclear deal went into force in January of this year.

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