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Taiwanese company admits to shipping Chinese technology to Iran



In an article published in London's Guardian, Debby Wu reports that a Taiwanese firm has admitted fulfilling an order from a Chinese company to ship nuclear components to Iran.

Steven Lin of Heli-Ocean Technology Co. Ltd. said that the company received an order from a Chinese firm in January or February 2008 to obtain an unspecified number of pressure transducers. These components convert pressure into analog electrical signals delivering precise measurements needed in the production of weapons-grade uranium. Transducers are also used in semiconductors, solar energy, and civilian nuclear work. According to David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, D.C., the equipment is probably for use in Iran's gas centrifuge program. Due to international sanctions, Iran was unable to purchase this technology from Europe or Canada.

This transaction provides further evidence that new sanctions against Tehran will prove largely ineffective. Russia and China-two permanent members of the UN Security Council-will continue to enjoy a cozy commercial relationship with Tehran despite the West's concerns. The abundant supply of natural gas and oil will keep China especially close if it wants to continue to modernize at an exponential rate. Will a new sanctions regimen work to contain the Islamic Republic? Hardly.



READER COMMENTS: "Taiwanese company admits to shipping Chinese technology to Iran"

Posted by Abheek at January 9, 2010 12:45 AM ET:

Thats how China wages its wars against the US - through its client states. Be it Pakistan, North Korea or Iran, the pattern remains same... attack US and its interests indirectly, without the trail coming to its door. Even as I type these mssg, I am sure Chinese arms are being offloaded in the Northern Areas of Kashmir so as to be used againsts the NATO army in A'nistan

Posted by Minnor at January 10, 2010 11:11 PM ET:

Time to reform UNSC and expand. Instead of single veto by a permanent member, minimum of two veto's should be made needed to quash a resolution.