Ger­man con­nec­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Ira­nian ex­iles have iden­ti­fied three com­pa­nies in Ger­many that are linked to Iran’s Min­istry of De­fense and that are work­ing to ob­tain de­fense and mil­i­tary goods for the regime in Tehran.

The ex­ile-led Na­tional Coun­cil of Re­sis­tance of Iran, work­ing with sources inside of Iran, iden­ti­fied the com­pa­nies, all lo­cated in Dus­sel­dorf, as the Farzane­gan Co., the As­cotech Co., and the Per­sia Sys­tem Co., also known as the DDC Co.

Ac­cord­ing to the group, which in the past pro­vided the U.S. gov­ern­ment with ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion on Iran’s covert nu­clear pro­gram, Farzane­gan is part of the Ira­nian De­fense In­dus­tries Or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is key to sup­ply­ing goods for Iran’s mil­i­tary and mis­sile pro­grams. It has been covertly buy­ing parts and equip­ment for the Ira­nian De­fense Min­istry.

As­cotech is used as a pro­cure­ment arm of the Ira­nian Aero­space In­dus­tries Or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is in­volved in air­craft and mis­sile pro­grams.

“As­cotech func­tions un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Khoozes­tan steel com­pany mill and has been in­volved in smug­gling of marag­ing steel and some other parts,” said Shahin Gobadi, a Na­tional Re­sis­tance rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Europe. Marag­ing steel is a high-strength al­loy used in cen­trifuges. It is sus­pected that this com­pany is in­volved in Iran’s nu­clear pro­grams.

“More than half of the staff and em­ploy­ees of the com­pany are Ger­man. The se­nior man­agers all are Ira­ni­ans,” Mr. Gobadi said.

Per­sia Sys­tem is a com­puter- and elec­tron­ics-hard­ware man­u­fac­turer in­volved in com­puter net­work­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions in Iran and Ger­many. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Coun­cil sources, sev­eral Ira­ni­ans are work­ing at the com­pany in Ger­many and are linked to the Aero­space In­dus­tries Or­ga­ni­za­tion within the Ira­nian De- fense Min­istry, the Imam Hos­sein Univer­sity of the Ira­nian Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps, and has in­stalled equip­ment in the Ira­nian De­fense Min­istry.

“Sev­eral months ago, this com­pany sent elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tions items and goods for the com­pa­nies of the Min­istry of De­fense in Iran,” Mr. Gobadi said.

Both the IRGC and Ira­nian De­fense Min­istry were sanc­tioned by the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion on Oct. 25 for their roles in pro­lif­er­at­ing weapons of mass de­struc­tion.

Mr. Gobadi said the front com­pa­nies are in­volved in some of the $40 bil­lion in busi­ness be­ing car­ried out be­tween Iran and the Euro­pean Union.

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