Saudis Believe ‘Iran Sent Nuke Parts to Sudan’: Wikileaks
“The embassy’s sources advise that Iranian containers arrived this week at Khartoum airport containing sensitive technical equipment in the form of fast centrifuges for enriching uranium, and a second shipment is expected to arrive this week,” the document was quoted by Reuters as saying.
The document does not provide any name, or any evidence of the shipment. It does not also give out any details on how the equipment might have been shipped, or what Sudan planned to do with it.
The international community is not aware of any nuclear program existent in Sudan, and there have been no previous public reports of Iran having sent any nuclear equipment to the African nation.
What is known is Iran’s military ties to Sudan. The Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group, published a report in May 2014 showing Iran is a major supplier of arms to Sudan and has played a significant role in supporting the country’s weapons manufacturing industry.
Iran has shipped weapons, including missiles, through Sudan to terrorist groups in Gaza, and its warships have made the Port of Sudan a routine stopping place in the region.
Sudan’s allegiance began shifting in March 2014 when it joined the Saudis in military strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels looking to take over neighboring Yemen.
This shift has been influenced by a brutal sectarian civil war in July 2011. The mainly non-Muslim south fought to break away after president Umar al-Bashir vowed to implement Sharia law across the country. Sudan, fearing a Sunni-Shia division, closed Iranian cultural centers out of concerns they were converting people to Shia. Sudan is largely Sunni.
Last week Wikileaks released more than 60,000 cables and documents which it says are Saudi foreign ministry papers. The website says it is planning to release half a million Saudi documents in total.
After the documents were released, Saudi Arabia warned its citizens not to distribute “documents that might be faked.”
Neither Tehran nor Riyadh have commented on the latest Wikileaks revelation.