Iran Receieving US Military Technology From Malaysia, Officals Say

September 14, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – American officials have said that more technology and military items are being exported through ‘middlemen’ in Malaysia, and exported to Iran.

According to sources, Malaysian middlemen will illegally transport various items to both the Iranian military, and those manufacturing plants connected to the region’s nuclear program.

“We’ve seen a lot more being now diverted through Malaysia in particular. We have seen Iranian front companies there and we’ve seen an increase there since there’s been a tightening in Dubai,” Steven Pelak of the Justice Department, told Bloomberg.

Iran will put together a list of items they are hoping to acquire, and send it out to their associates. Illegal shipments will then be gathered and sent in secret cargo.

But it isn’t just Iran benefiting from this process. China is also believed to be receiving occasional shipments, though the country’s US embassy spokesman, Wang Baodong, has denied this claim.

The US has so far won six cases against these middlemen, and plans on upping it’s defense against illegal military trade.

However, much of the changes will be dependent on Malaysia, James Keith, the US ambassador to the region, explained:

“One reason this has become an increasingly urgent priority is trade diversion to Iran by entities who seek to exploit the Malaysian system. Malaysia has more to contribute to international mechanisms to manage the flow of sensitive technology, including nuclear and missile-related equipment.”

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