Report: Iranians with nuclear components arrested Jerusalem Post, March 12, 2012
Germany and Turkey arrested seven suspected Iranian smugglers who were transporting materials for that country’s nuclear program from India and Germany, according to a UPI report about an article in the Turkish Haberturk newspaper.
The components were to be delivered to the Iranian nuclear facility in Arak, Iran.
According to the report, Turkey apprehended two of the suspects at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. One was an Iranian with Turkish citizenship and the other was an Iranian, who was suspected of being one of the leaders of the operation.
Security officials also captured a trove of documents related to the operation.
Germany arrested five Iranians, according to the report.
All together it is estimated that the smugglers shipped 900 deliveries of nuclear material to Iran using front companies in Turkey. The search continues for others suspects.
This follows a report in February by The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) that Iran was trying to smuggle magnet components for its nuclear program from China.