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Archive for the ‘Libya’ Category

Guilty Plea in Illicit Nuclear Smuggling Plot

Posted by K.E. White on September 4, 2007

After three years in the making, one player in illicit nuclear smuggling to Libya and Pakistan has pleaded guilty.

The Associated Press reports on the nuclear confession by Gerhard Wisser:

In a plea agreement, Wisser pleaded guilty to importing and exporting martial linked to Libya and Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programs as well as forgery.

The state agreed to suspend Wisser’s sentence for five years, but under the terms of the agreement he would have to do three years correctional supervision.

He also agreed to forfeit €2.8 million (US$3.8 million) and rands 6 million (US$838,000; €613,440) as proceeds from his crimes.

The case against Gerhard Wisser and Daniel Geiges was started up in 2004. This earlier article by BBC News chronicles the long-standing investigation:

IAEA’s head Mohamed ElBaradei said on Tuesday the South African investigation was providing good information about the Libyan and Iranian nuclear programmes.

Mr ElBaradei’s comments came after South African prosecutors said last week equipment seized in the country exactly matched that in a video of Dr Khan’s laboratory in Pakistan.

“This case must rank as one of the most serious in the world,” South African prosecutor Chris MacAdam told the court in Vanderbiljpark, outside Johannesburg, according to Reuters news agency.

Mr Wisser of Germany and his Swiss colleague, Mr Geiges, have been living permanently in South Africa.

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Iran Not As Threatening as Thought? And America Ushers New Era of ‘Nuclear Equity’ by Granting Libya a Nuclear Deal

Posted by K.E. White on March 12, 2007

Iran's Nuclear Currency from Little Green FootballsToday Iran issued a nuclear bank note. Leave it to a blog to actually show the currency.

Unfortunately, Iran can’t seem to keep their nuclear finances straight:

Iran‘s Bushehr nuclear power station will not be launched in September and nuclear fuel will not be delivered to the station this month as earlier planned, the Russian contractor said Monday, blaming the hold-up on unpaid bills.

“The lack of financing from the Iranian side means that Atomstroiexport did not receive payments for two months,” Irina Yesipova, a spokeswoman for Russian state-owned contractor said by telephone.

“This means the timeframe has been moved and so the launch cannot happen in September – we simply cannot do it. If we can’t launch the station in September then we cannot deliver the fuel according to the old timetable either.”

But it’s doubtful such an embarrassing episode will cool the nuclear tensions between America and the United States.

But maybe former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami will?

From BBC News:

In an interview with an Iranian newspaper, former Mr Khatami conceded that the outside world does have legitimate worries about Iran’s nuclear programme that need reassuring.

Mohammad KhatamiHe said Iran did not want a nuclear bomb but it should use patience and tolerance to remove the concerns of those who worry about the risks of proliferation.

Mr Khatami stressed Iran should insist on its right to nuclear technology, but he said courage should be shown to avoid a crisis, or at least minimise the damage.

“I believe we should pay a certain price, and pay it bravely, for talks and not head towards crisis as well as guaranteeing our rights in future,” he said.

“We must try to prevent the adoption of another resolution.”

His remarks came as Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni urged the international community to extend sanctions “without delay”.

Speaking to a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, she said sanctions imposed in December after Iran failed to stop uranium enrichment were already having an impact.

But don’t worry. perhaps Iran and America will soon see eye-to-eye on the nuclear issue.

The Bush administration’s recent (and undoubtedly reluctant) decision to sign a nuclear deal with Libya is just the diplomatic move to forge consensus with Iran. How can Iran not see the subjective wisdom of America’s approach to nuclear technology proliferation?

From Swissinfo:

The United States will help Libya generate nuclear electricity, the North African country said on Monday, in an announcement appearing to herald a further improvement in ties with the West.

There was no immediate comment from Washington, which has been repairing ties with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi since he began a series of moves in 2003 aimed at ending decades of international isolation for his oil and gas exporting country.

Libya‘s official Jana news agency said an agreement between the two countries would be signed shortly.

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