Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missileTo continue to pussy foot around while the Iranians assemble what they want is nothing short of suicidal. That said, I’ve long contended that this is precisely what the Europeans have become:
Document seen by Guardian details web of front companies and middlemen.
The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programmes.No doubt I’ll be accused of anti-European bias (yet again - then again, who cares). Once again I’ll say, I really, really, really wish they wouldn’t provide so much bloody ammunition.
Scientists in Tehran are also shopping for parts for a ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with "import requests and acquisitions ... registered almost daily", the report seen by the Guardian concludes.
The 55-page intelligence assessment, dated July 1 2005, draws upon material gathered by British, French, German and Belgian agencies, and has been used to brief European government ministers and to warn leading industrialists of the need for vigilance when exporting equipment or expertise to so-called rogue states.
It concludes that Syria and Pakistan have also been buying technology and chemicals needed to develop rocket programmes and to enrich uranium. It outlines the role played by Russia in the escalating Middle East arms build-up. . .