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March 17, 2014 10:04 am

State Department Official Says Iran ‘Very Actively’ Pursuing Banned Items for Nuclear, Missile Programs

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Natanz Nuclear Facility in Iran. Photo: Hamed Saber.

Ynet Iran has pursued a longstanding effort to buy banned components for its nuclear and missile programs in recent months, a U.S. official said on Sunday, a period when it struck an interim deal with major powers to limit its disputed atomic activity.

Vann Van Diepen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation, said Iran was still “very actively” creating front companies and engaging in other activity to conceal procurements.

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