Friday, October 01, 2004

India Denies Scientists Sold Weapons Technology To Iran

India Denies Scientists Sold Weapons Technology To Iran: "India Denies Scientists Sold Weapons Technology To Iran
VOA News
01 Oct 2004, 16:29 UTC


India has denied recent U.S. allegations that two of its scientists sold weapons of mass destruction technology to Iran.
A spokesman with India's Foreign Ministry Navtej Sarna said the two men, C. Surendar and Y.S.R. Prasad, had sold neither banned materials nor sensitive technology to Iran.

The spokesman also said India has asked the United States to withdraw sanctions against the two scientists.

Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department imposed sanctions against the two scientists and 12 other foreign companies or individuals for selling missile or weapons of mass destruction technology to Iran.

The measures bar those listed from doing business with the U.S. government or buying hi-tech equipment for two years. "

CIA using IAEA to spy on Iran

Description of Selected News: "Sanctions on int’l companies followed IAEA leaks of Iran’s military secrets: diplomat


TEHRAN (MNA) –- An informed source at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna has said that the recent sanctions imposed on a number of international companies by the United States are due to leaks of sensitive information about Iran’s defense technology.

The Western diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Mehr News Agency that the information was obtained by IAEA inspectors and passed on to Western intelligence agencies including the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

He went on to say that, according to official U.S. sources, no documents or evidence were discovered showing that the companies, which also include a Spanish firm, ever participated in activities related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iran, adding that they have only been charged with establishing technological cooperation with various Iranian industries, probably in the field of dual-use technology.

In response to a question about the agency’s commitment to safeguard sensitive information obtained during inspections of Iranian sites and to refrain from transferring the information to third parties, the Western diplomat said that IAEA officials, and particularly IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, supported the measure, which is an overt violation of the IAEA charter, by doing nothing except announcing that the agency does not have the power to control its inspectors and that leaks of classified information are inevitable.

The U.S. accusations that the companies had worked with Iran’s missile industries have come as result of the comprehensive inspections of six of Iran’s military sites, which the country permitted as a confidence-building measure, he added.

The diplomat did not reject the possibility that there was a connection between the U.S. measures and the pressure put on some influential Board of Governors members, particularly China, Russia and Spain, in regard to the November meeting.

The United States recently imposed sanctions on seven Chinese companies, two Indian nationals, and a number of companies from Belarus, South Korea, and Ukraine.

Before these measures, a U.S. company, Ebara International Corp., which is a subsidiary of the Japanese company Ebara Corp. Japan, was charged with illegally selling advanced pumps to Iran. The company faced a fine of 6 million dollars. U.S. officials later announced that the pumps were apparently used in Iran’s gas industries rather than in a WMD program.

Iran permitted the IAEA to inspect seven of its military sites over the past eight months over and above its legal commitments and as a voluntary and confidence-building measure.

Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom had also told reporters at UN headquarters in New York that the Zionist regime is constantly exchanging information with Western intelligence agencies about Iran’s classified military information.

Unfortunately, despite IAEA inspectors’ frequent leaks of sensitive information about the Islamic Republic, Iran has not yet issued a formal statement to protest the IAEA actions."

Diplomats: UN Plans Visit to Suspected Iran Parchin Site

Top News Article | Reuters.com: "Diplomats: UN Plans Visit to Suspected Iran Nuke Site

While Iran is providing access, it has balked at the IAEA's demand that it freeze all activities on uranium enrichment.
Friday a leading Iranian cleric said his country would never be bullied into giving up its nuclear program but denied an weapons' ambitions.

"Iran will never yield to international pressure to abandon its home-grown nuclear technology," Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, who heads Iran's hardline Guardian Council -- a powerful, unelected supervisory body -- told worshippers at prayers in Tehran.

"Americans should know that it is just impossible. You will take this wish to the grave," he added. "We have no intention of pursuing nuclear weapons."

Washington says Tehran is developing weapons under cover of a civilian atomic energy program and wants it reported to the Security Council. Tehran vehemently denies the accusation.

Iranian officials were not available for comment, though a diplomat close to the negotiations said Iran had agreed in principle to allow IAEA inspectors to visit all sites.

David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector and head of the Institute for Science and International Security, said Parchin was a "huge site dedicated to the research, development, and production of ammunition, rockets, and high explosives."

A senior U.S. official told Reuters last month that Iran had refused to allow the U.N. into Parchin, which he said was a strong indication that it was a nuclear weapons site.

He also accused the IAEA of suppressing information on Parchin in its latest Iran report -- a charge the agency denied."

The Hindu News Update Service

The Hindu News Update Service: "No involvement in Iran: Ch Surender
Mumbai, Oct. 1 (PTI): Asserting that he was not even remotely involved in any programme with Iran, nuclear scientist Ch Surender, today said he would take up the matter of sanctions imposed against him by the US with the Department of Atomic Energy and the External Affairs Ministry.

"The matter is very serious as I was not involved in any programme, even remotely with Iran and in fact never even flown over Iran," the former Chairman and Managing Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) told PTI.

The US State Department on Friday imposed sanctions on him and Dr Y S R Prasad, another former CMD of NPCIL, for allegedly providing sensitive technology or equipment to Iran. "It is a serious matter where an Indian scientist is maligned by the US State Department, I will be taking up the issue with the DAE and MEA immediately," he said.

"The State Department has no right to spoil the peaceful life of a retired Indian nuclear scientist," Ch Surender said.

Prasad, who was working on a Russian nuclear power project in Iran after his retirement, said "there is a mistake - total mistake. There is no reason for imposing any sanction".

Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Dr Anil Kakodkar, said what the US State Department has done was "totally unjustified.""

The Hindu News Update Service

The Hindu News Update Service: "No involvement in Iran: Ch Surender
Mumbai, Oct. 1 (PTI): Asserting that he was not even remotely involved in any programme with Iran, nuclear scientist Ch Surender, today said he would take up the matter of sanctions imposed against him by the US with the Department of Atomic Energy and the External Affairs Ministry.

"The matter is very serious as I was not involved in any programme, even remotely with Iran and in fact never even flown over Iran," the former Chairman and Managing Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) told PTI.

The US State Department on Friday imposed sanctions on him and Dr Y S R Prasad, another former CMD of NPCIL, for allegedly providing sensitive technology or equipment to Iran. "It is a serious matter where an Indian scientist is maligned by the US State Department, I will be taking up the issue with the DAE and MEA immediately," he said.

"The State Department has no right to spoil the peaceful life of a retired Indian nuclear scientist," Ch Surender said.

Prasad, who was working on a Russian nuclear power project in Iran after his retirement, said "there is a mistake - total mistake. There is no reason for imposing any sanction".

Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Dr Anil Kakodkar, said what the US State Department has done was "totally unjustified.""