January 17, 2014

Tehran is still seeking to sidestep sanctions to get materials for its nuclear programme, a senior US official said Friday on a European tour seeking to cool renewed corporate enthusiasm about doing business in Iran.

Iran is “undoubtedly still looking for ways to acquire material for their nuclear programme,” the US official, speaking in Austria on a tour also taking in Britain, Germany, Turkey, Italy and other places, said on condition of anonymity.

“We have seen over many years that the Iranians take advantage of the commercial and financial relationships that purport to be for legitimate purposes to surreptitiously acquire materials that they are looking for for their nuclear programme and their ballistic missile programme, to facilitate their support for terrorism,” he said.

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