Iranian based mostly in Canada accused of exporting tools that can be utilized to ‘measure nuclear fissile materials’
Reza Sarhangpour Kafrani, aka Reza Sarhang, was charged with two violations of the Worldwide Emergency Financial Powers Act, in addition to one rely of conspiracy, one rely of inflicting a failure to submit export data, and 6 counts of cash laundering, based on an indictment from the U.S. District Courtroom for the District of Columbia.
Kafrani and alleged co-conspirator, Seyed Reza Mirnezami, co-owned Prolife International, Ltd., which was based mostly in Canada however was energetic in the USA and elsewhere.
In November 2015, Kafrani allegedly tried to purchase mass spectrometry tools from a U.S. enterprise.
“Mass spectrometry describes the evaluation in nuclear science of the isotopic content material of chemical samples and, specifically, the focus measurements of those components utilizing isotope dilution strategies,” Channing D. Phillips, the performing U.S. Lawyer for the District of Columbia, wrote within the indictment. “They permit these enriching uranium to find out the extent of enrichment, which is an important a part of enriching uranium for nuclear energy and weaponization efforts.”
Kafrani initially tried to purchase the mass spectrometry tools for import into Canada, however inquired in regards to the set up price within the Center East, prompting a curt response from the U.S. firm.
“You recognize there are sanctions in place for Iran. I believed this tools was going to Montreal QB. Thanks for losing my time,” the U.S. firm stated in an e mail to Kafrani.
After this, Kafrani and Mirnezami utilized for licenses from the Treasury Division’s Workplace of Overseas Belongings Management to export the lab tools to Iran, however these licenses had been denied twice.
Regardless of that, Kafrani was in a position to buy three mass spectrometers and an autosampler for $110,739 from a second U.S. firm in 2016, based on the indictment. He had the lab tools shipped to Canada, then used a Canadian delivery firm to reexport it to the UAE in September 2016. From there, he allegedly organized for it to be shipped from the UAE to Iran.
One month later, Kafrani allegedly organized for 2 extra mass spectrometers to be shipped to Iran from the USA, by way of Canada and the UAE.
The conspiracy cost carries a most sentence of 5 years in jail, whereas the Worldwide Emergency Financial Powers Act violations and cash laundering expenses carry a most sentence of 20 years in jail.