April 18th, 2009 10:22 EST
Toronto Man Tried to Send Nuclear Technology to Iran
A Toronto man was charged by a Canadian court for attempting to illicitly send nuclear devices to Iran after U.S. authorities relayed the information to Canadian police. The man was apprehended as a part of the joint task force conducted by both Canadian and U.S. officials.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that Mahmoud Yadegari tried to acquire pressure transducers: instruments used to produce enriched uranium that have military applications as well, from a covert distributor in the United States. The devices are heavily regulated as items of commerce, and there are stringent laws on where they may be exported.
Inspector Greg Johnson, for the RCMP, announced before a televised news conference in Milton, Ontario: "The declared point of destination was Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. However, we have evidence to support the fact that its ultimate destination was Iran."
Yadegari was indicted under a United Nations sanction that limits exports to Iran. The sanction came as a response from the international community to the country`s nuclear program.
Withstanding the neutralized threat, experts on Iran believe that Tehran hasn`t yet perfected industrial-scale uranium enrichment, which is crucial in compiling large amounts of nuclear energy.
Since the UN implemented the sanction against Iran, Tehran has regularly violated the ruling by expanding its Natanz uranium enrichment plant.
The world organization has issued warnings to the nation to cease all nuclear production over concerns that Iran`s objective is to develop stockpiles of nuclear arms.
Iran refutes the UN`s claims and cites that their nuclear program is working toward generating electrical energy.
Yadegari is currently in jail, awaiting his bail hearing. He was originally charged on Thursday.
Inspector Johnson said Yadegari will likely face a slew of other charges in accordance with Canadian law in the immediate future.
Johnson also said: "Counter proliferation of controlled goods investigations (are being) undertaken to stop the shipment of strategic technologies and goods where there are indications they may diverted to illicit end users or sanctioned countries."
Whether or not Iran is pursuing nuclear capabilities for military purposes, the International Atomic Energy Agency cannot comment. The agency claimed in February that it`s unable to discern if Iran`s Arak heavy water reactor is meant as a peaceful energy resource because the nation`s government has disallowed IAEA inspectors access to the site since August.