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4 men arrested in Germany on suspicion of violating Iran embargo

(Xinhua)

13:53, August 16, 2012

BERLIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A German citizen and three others with double citizenships of Germany and Iran were detained Wednesday on suspicion of violating an embargo on Iran by conveying valves earmarked for a heavy water reactor to the country's sensitive nuclear program.

German prosecutors and customs officers searched and arrested the four suspects at their homes in the northern cities of Hamburg and Oldenburg and the eastern town of Weimar, a police statement said.

The valve technology, believed to cost several million euros, is reportedly key for Iran in building a heavy water reactor.

The suspects, named Kianzad Ka, Gholamali Ka, Hamid Kh and Rudolf M by German customs officials, are accused of breaching German laws on foreign trade and regulations on weapons controls.

Iran has been subject to UN sanctions, as well as embargoes by the European Union and the United States, for pushing forward with its nuclear program despite repeated claims by Iran that the program is for peaceful purposes.

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