German security officials suspect Iran of pursuing the goal to build missiles armed with nuclear warheads, the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel reported citing “sources”.
“Despite the nuclear agreement [reached with world powers in July 2015], Iran has not given up its illegal activities in Germany,” Der Tagesspiegel wrote on October 13. “The mullah regime also made efforts this year to obtain material from [German] firms for its nuclear program and the construction of missiles, said security sources.”
“Iran has [according to the security sources] clearly not given up its long-term goal to become a nuclear power that can mount nuclear weapons on rockets,” the paper concludes without revealing its sources.
The article by the paper’s security correspondent Frank Jansen cited Iran’s proliferation activities in North Rhine-Westphalia and the drop in acquisition attempts from 141 in 2015 to 32 in 2016. The majority of Iran’s procurement activities in the state allegedly were for its ballistic missile program.
Jansen wrote in his Tagesspiegel article: “Security experts say Iran is very interested in equipment [used] to extend the range of missiles. Disagreements within the mullah regime, explained security sources, [resulted] in the decline in attempts to acquire nuclear technology. State President Hassan Rouhani wants to slow down [the nuclear program], however, the Pasdaran, the paramilitary Revolutionary Guards, want to continue the nuclear program at all costs.”
This may correspond with the complicated situation around the 2015 nuclear accord, which US President Donald Trump has decided not to certify. Trump’s administration considers the nuclear deal as it is now structured will eventually allow Iran to develop a weapon and wants to toughen US policy to prohibit that eventuality. Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful and denies it is developing nuclear weapons.