GERMAN INTEL: IRAN SOUGHT TO ACQUIRE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN 2018
A new German intelligence report from the state of Hesse on Wednesday outlined the Islamic Republic of Iran’s illicit espionage activities in the central European country, including efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction during 2018.
The Hesse report noted that, “Against this background [of proliferation], weapons of mass destruction continued to be a powerful political instrument during the reporting period, which could shake the stability of an entire state structure in both regional and international crisis situations. In particular, states such as Iran, North Korea, Pakistan and Syria attempted to acquire and redistribute such weapons in the context of proliferation, for example by concealing transport routes via third countries.”
The Jerusalem Post reviewed the 312-page document that details threats to the democratic state in Hesse.
The intelligence agents said that foreign academics seek to obtain knowledge about the uranium enrichment process.
According to the intelligence agency, visiting professors from such states such Iran, North Korea and Pakistan are connected to “proliferation conduct” that is coordinated with intelligence services from those countries. “An example of this is the field of electrical engineering combined with the use of centrifuges in the process of uranium enrichment. Here, again and again, there are suspicions that foreign intelligence services put pressure on their own visiting scientists to obtain the desired technical know-how.”
When asked if Iranian academics and students in Germany were involved in exploiting electrical engineering and uranium enrichment knowledge, a spokesman from the Hesse intelligence agency did not immediately respond late Wednesday evening.