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Iran is attempting to acquire clandestine shipments via Canada for its nuclear program.
Canadian customs officers have confiscated everything from centrifuge parts to programmable logic controllers that were headed to Iran, George Webb, head of the Canada Border Services Agency’s Counter Proliferation Section, told the National Post.
The increasing number of cases involves Canadian entrepreneurs, who want to make a quick buck from the Iranian mullahs, and state-sponsored cells, such as Hezbollah, which thrive throughout the Canadian provinces.
The goods are not shipped directly to Iran, but to neighboring Islamic countries.
“With all of the UN sanctions, of course, now no one declares that the goods are going to Iran. They actually declare UAE, Dubai,” Mr. Webb said.
The last seizure of nuclear material occurred last week.
In April, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police charged a Toronto man with attempting to export pressure transducers, which can be used in nuclear power plants but are also required to produce nuclear weapons, to Iran.
Mahmoud Yadegari is to be tried in January for attempting to ship the items to Iran via Dubai.
Arrests are rare because the procurement cells are difficult for Canadian law enforcement officials to identify.
Mr. Webb revealed that a new port in the Persian Gulf named Ras al-Khaimah is being used to transship goods from Canada to Iran.
The port is nominally in the UAE, but is controlled by Iran and is situated just across the Gulf from Bandar Abbas, an Iranian city with a naval base and an airport capable of landing large transport planes, he said.