Iran suspected of shipping nuclear equipment to Sudan

WikiLeaks cable claims Iran shipped nuclear equipment to Sudan, citing Saudi Arabian embassy
WikiLeaks cable claims Iran shipped nuclear equipment to Sudan, citing Saudi Arabian embassy
WikiLeaks cable claims Iran shipped nuclear equipment to Sudan, citing Saudi Arabian embassy

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A leaked WikiLeaks document claims Saudi diplomats in Khartoum suspected Iran shipped advanced nuclear equipment including centrifuges to Sudan in 2012, according to Reuters, which says the report claims to originate from the Saudi embassy in Sudan.

"The embassy's sources advised 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, dated February 2012 claims.

The document is marked 'very secret' and is one of 60,000 released by WikiLeaks last week. WikiLeaks claims the documents are official Saudi communications, and has indicated it will soon release a further 500,000 documents.

Saudi Arabian officials have not commented on specific documents, but have said they are likely fake.

If the cable is authentic, it does not provide details on the source of the embassy's information or any other evidence of the shipment, while there have been no previous reports of Iran sending nuclear equipment to Sudan.

The conflict-ridden African nation has no known nuclear program.

A Sudanese munitions factory was destroyed in a mysterious explosion in October 2012, eight months after the date on the cable.

At the time, the Sudanese government claimed it had been destroyed in an Israeli airstrike. There were no indications that the factory had a nuclear dimension.

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