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Iran buying technology for nuclear weapons claims shock German intelligence

Iran has been alleged to be attempting to illegally buy technology for nuclear weapons (Image: GETTY)
Tehran is attempting to buy technology to build weapons of mass destruction, reports from the German states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommen and Bavaria have claimed.

A 206-page report was published by the Jerusalem Post that Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and Syria are being suspected of attempting to illegally purchase technologies.

The report further claimed Iran, China and Russia were the main actors in attempts to gain intelligence on how to obtain such technology.

The report from the northern state has been released just days after the Bavarian on said Iran is “making efforts to expand its conventional arsenal of weapons with weapons of mass destruction”.

The intelligence in Bavaria define these weapons as those of anatomic, biological and chemical nature.

The report said while German law prevented the export of an electronic bean wielding machine to Iran, a director of a Bavarian company was convicted for attempting to sell such a device to a customer in Iran.

While the agency reported the law was attempted to be bypassed by claiming the end user was in Malaysia, it alleges this was an attempt “to disguise the actual customer in Iran”.

The machine can be used to produce vehicles to launch missiles.

Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution then confirmed it would monitor the state to determine whether Iran consistently and consequently complies with the agreement signed in July 2015.

The agreement refers to the so-called Iran nuclear deal - or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - which the states signed with the US, UK, Russia, France, Germany, China and the European Union.

Donald Trump made his opposition to the Barack Obama era deal clear and announced the United States would withdraw from the agreement in July 2018.

The deal made Iran obligated to redesign, convert and reduce its nuclear facilities.

Iran would be limited in terms of enrichment and stockpile and forced to close Fordo, an underground enrichment centre and convert into a nuclear, physics an technology centre.

It would be allowed to continue to conduct research if agreed to by the other signatories.

A heavy water facility in Arak would be barred from producing weapons-grade plutonium.

Iran which has been operating under an Islamic theocracy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, has seen clerics declare a fatwa (religious decree) banning the use of nuclear weapons but not their production.

The Revolution ended close foreign relations with the West, towards which Tehran is now hostile.

The move towards obtaining weapons of mass destruction is likely to increase tensions and security fears.

The nation’s founder Ayatollah Khomeini referred to the United States as the 'Great Satan'.

Iran no longer has any relations with The State of Israel and Iranian agents have, as reported by CNN, been alleged to be involved in terrorist attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets.

The Guardian reported British intelligence held Iran responsible for a cyber attack on the emails of MPs.