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Ayatolllah Khameini and followers

The Islamic Republic of Iran continues dodging inspections, harassing ships in international waters, evading sanctions and attempting to speedily sail forth on its mission towards nuclear weapons.

In the latest revelation we learn that in January of this year, the Czech Republic successfully blocked an effort by Iran to purchase a large cache of sensitive technology – compressors – useable for either nuclear or non-nuclear enrichment. However, the cache was discovered when the Czechs found that a “false end user” was stated for the order.


Iran had attempted to purchase the U.S. made compressors in the Czech Republic, but the “procurer and transport company had provided false documentation in order to hide the origins, movement and destination of the consignment with the intention of bypassing export controls and sanctions,” according to a UN panel which monitors compliance with sanctions.

The false documentation raised suspicions and the Czechs ended up blocking the deal.

Meanwhile, the West, led by a U.S. government suffering from Extreme Appeasement Syndrome, is working feverishly to conclude a deal with Tehran that, at best, tells Iran it better continue pretending in public that it isn’t pursuing nukes for ten years and then: Full Speed Ahead!

Not content to accept a mere ten year pause in their ability to publicly parade their nuclear accomplishments down the boulevards of Teheran, the mullahs and their minions are apparently continuing their shopping sprees to assemble the needed nuclear enrichment components. This is happening, of course, while the negotiations ostensibly to forbid Iran from doing what it is doing continue on the world stage.

A Czech state official and a Western diplomat familiar with the case confirmed to Reuters that Iran had attempted to buy the shipment of compressors from the U.S. Howden CKD company in the Czech Republic, and that Prague had blocked the deal.

A Czech official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the total value of the contract would have been about $61 million.

The U.N. report offered no further details about the attempted transaction.


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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: [email protected]