Iranian-born Canadian accused of trying to export nuke parts

April 17, 2009 23:40


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An Iranian-born Canadian citizen has been charged with trying to export nuclear technology to Iran, his native country, police said Friday. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector Greg Johnson said Mahmoud Yadegari tried to ship pressure transducers, which are devices used to make enriched uranium. While the devices are easy to obtain, Sgt. Marc Laporte said Yadegari improperly described the items, understated their value and physically removed some of the packaging and labelling when trying to ship them to a company in Dubai who had affiliations in Iran. The US and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons secretly under the guise of a civilian atomic energy program. Iran denies the charges and insists its efforts are aimed at producing nuclear power only.

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