An explosive new intelligence report from Germany shows that Iran is seeking to build weapons of mass destruction, it was revealed on Tuesday.
In documents obtained by Benjamin Weinthal, a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the domestic intelligence agency for Bavaria detailed Iran’s illicit weapons activities in the southern German state during the previous year.
The Islamic Republic was described as a “risk country” in the 335-page intelligence report, outlining serious threats to the security and democracy in Germany.
The document charged that “in order to obtain the necessary know-how and corresponding components,” rogue states like Iran and North Korea “are trying to establish business contacts to companies in highly technological countries like Germany.”
The intelligence agency therefore concluded that the Islamic Republic is “making efforts to expand its conventional arsenal of weapons with weapons of mass destruction.” The report defined those efforts as “the spread of atomic, biological, chemical weapons of mass destruction.”
Specifically, the report noted that Germany’s criminal customs police prevented an electronic beam-welding machine from being sold to Iran. “The machine can be used for the production of [missile] launch vehicles,” said the report.
Extensive attempts were made “to disguise the actual customer in Iran,” the intelligence agency said, adding it will continue “to monitor whether Iran consistently and consequently complies with the agreement signed in July 2015.”
Responding to the publication of those findings, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, told Fox News on Tuesday: “We know the Iranian regime is on the hunt for money to fund their malign activities and so it is imperative that the U.S. and our European allies work together to deny this regime the capital they seek.”
Grenell added that the Iranian regime “will use secretive schemes and dark money; we must be vigilant. They are strapped for cash.”
The government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran after the United States announced its withdrawal from the pact and continues to promote lucrative business deals with Tehran.
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