“Merkel has ignored these disturbing findings from her own intelligence agencies.”
As U.S. President Joe Biden negotiates with Iran to revive the Obama-era nuclear deal, German intelligence has exposed the regime’s efforts to advance its nuclear weapons program.
The Iranian regime, while talking with the Biden administration in Vienna, Austria, continues to seek technology and equipment needed to build a nuclear arsenal, the recently published annual domestic intelligence report by the German State of Bavaria disclosed.
Iran, besides other rogue states, is “striving to compliment its conventional arsenal by building, or in given case, modernizing [its] weapons of mass destruction,” the 380-page report released earlier this month revealed.
“In order to get the know-how and related components,” the Iranian regime is “trying to acquire contacts with companies in technologically advanced countries such as Germany,” the report added.
The Washington Free Beacon covered the story citing remarks from Jerusalem Post’s European Affairs Correspondent and noted geopolitical analyst, Benjamin Weinthal:
Benjamin Weinthal, a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the German intelligence agency’s findings reinforce “what has been revealed in scores of German intelligence reports each year after the woefully inadequate Iran nuclear deal was reached in 2015: Iran’s regime continues to seek technology for its goal to build a nuclear weapons device and expand its conventional missile arsenal.”
Weinthal added that “Merkel has ignored these disturbing findings from her own intelligence agencies.” Rather, the chancellor “favors the Iran nuclear deal to advance her country’s business deals with Tehran’s rulers.”
“If Germany is serious about the business of guaranteeing Israel’s security, Middle East stability, and fighting Iran’s state-sponsored eliminatory antisemitism targeting Israel, it would block any concessions to Iran’s regime at the Vienna-based Iran talks,” Weinthal said.
The Bavarian intelligence report also revealed Iran’s growing terrorist activities in the country. There are almost 1050 members of Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorists groups operating in Germany, according to this year’s report. The pro-Iranian terrorist group carries out indoctrination, recruitment and fundraising on German soil.
After Germany banned Hezbollah last year, Iran issued threats against the country. “The German government must face the negative consequences of its decision,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry declared.
This is not the first time German intelligence agencies detected Iranian efforts to steal and buy WMD-related technology in Germany. In June 2019, a German intelligence report found a “clear rise in evidence” of Iran trying to steal German and Western technology and hardware to advance its clandestine nuclear and WMD program.
This finding is surprising given German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s support for the Iran nuclear deal. Germany had been at the forefront opposing President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the deal and his administration’s policy of “Maximum Pressure” on the Iranian regime.
The Biden White House has offered major concessions and sanctions relief in hopes of closing the deal with Israel.
While the Biden administration move to cut an Obama-style deal with Tehran, the regime continues to threaten Israel and other U.S. allies in the region. Last week, Iran’s military chief declared that Israel will “disappear” from the map.
“The annihilation of all the devils of the world who stand against Islam will continue,” he added.
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[Excerpts of the German report translated by the author]DONATE
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