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German state intelligence agency accuses Iranian government of continuing to develop WMDsThe state-level intelligence and investigation agency stated in a 354-page report that its efforts had resulted in “intensive intelligence on activities of Iran’s spy agencies,” including Iranian ties to Hezbollah.
Fox News reported on Saturday that the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, a Baden-Württemberg-based German intelligence agency, released a report this week detailing the ongoing efforts by the Iranian government to produce weapons of mass destruction and long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles putting Western countries within reach of the weapons. The dossier claimed that “Iran continued to undertake — as did Pakistan and Syria — efforts to obtain goods and know-how to be used for the development of weapons of mass destruction and to optimize corresponding missile delivery systems.”
The agency’s dossier also concluded that the Iranian government has been engaged in espionage activity targeting Western engineering and technology companies in an attempt to benefit its missile technology program. The State Office is a federal-level security apparatus in Germany, which would be roughly equivalent in jurisdiction to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, and monitors what it considers to be ongoing security threats to the German state.
The State Officer undertook their investigation after it was discovered that Iran regularly engages in industrial espionage targeting German engineering firms in an effort to obtain advancements to Iran’s missile technology program. Fox News reported back in February that materials purchased by an Iranian businessman by the Krempel Group, a German engineering firm in Baden-Württemberg, was subsequently found in the remains of chemical weapons used on Syrian civilians during January and February of this year. However, even after the discovery that German materials were used in chemical attacks in Syria, the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control decided to continue trading activities between the Krempel firm and the Iranian government.
The report also detailed, at length, information discovered regarding Iran’s financial sponsorship of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group. Hezbollah has taken an active role in Syria alongside Iranian forces. Although Iran and Israel reportedly reached an agreement to withdraw Iranian and Hezbollah forces from South Syria’s border with Israel, Israel continues to view Hezbollah as an active threat both in Syria and Lebanon.
US President Donald Trump officially withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal last month, stating that not only has the deal failed “to halt Iran’s nuclear ambition,” but it has also failed “to address the regime’s development of ballistic missiles that could deliver nuclear warheads.” The German report, seemingly confirming the president’s comments, was reportedly completed before the withdrawal from the agreement.
Out of all EU member states, Germany is considered to be the most hesitant to respond to the Iranian threat and continues to engage in regular trade with the country. According to the report, the Iranian government seeks and purchases industrial materials from German engineering firms, including software, control engineering tech and electrical equipment. The report claimed these materials are later used in the country’s missile engineering program.
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