A MARRIED couple from Shropshire were "groomed" into supplying parts for Iran's nuclear programme, a court has heard. Paul Attwater, 65, and Iris Attwater, 66, smuggled prohibited aircraft parts from their company Pairs Aviation to Alexander George, 76, in Malaysia who supplied Iranian aviation firms. Concluding that the couple had been “very, very naive”, Judge Michael Grieve QC yesterday handed the couple suspended sentences after Mr Attwater insisted he had no idea the parts he was exporting had a military application. George, who is due to be sentenced next month, acted as a broker between the couple and Iranian buyers. He held substantial contracts to source and supply Iranian aviation firms with components for planes and helicopters through companies he owned in Malaysia and Dubai, Southwark Crown Court heard. George, of Long Ashton, Bristol, sourced parts from Pairs Aviation which were then exported by the Attwaters via a Dutch shipping company to Iran through a … [Read more...] about Shropshire couple were ‘groomed’ into supplying parts for Iran’s nuclear programme, court hears
Iran nuclear programme
THE Iran nuclear deal was a historic agreement reached by Iran and seven other world powers in 2015 aimed at reducing Iran's ability to produce key components in nuclear weapons - in return, crippling economic sanctions on the Middle Eastern country were to be lifted. Agreed under Barack Obama's presidency, Donald Trump's withdrawal of the US on May 8 2018 could cause the deal to fall apart and create fresh instability across the region. What does the Iran nuclear deal entail? The Iran nuclear deal was an agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and a group of world powers for Iran to abandon its nuclear programme. The deal saw Iran agree to eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium by 98 per cent. Enriched uranium is a critical component for making nuclear weapons and in nuclear power stations and by curbing the amount Iran produce is a way to curb the number of weapons produced. As part of the agreement, Iran also agreed to only enrich their uranium up to 3.67 per cent … [Read more...] about What is the Iran nuclear deal, which countries signed it and when was it agreed?
The Iran nuclear deal could be summed up with the proverb that half a loaf is better than no bread. It postponed, rather than eliminated, the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapons programme. But in the absence of the deal, nuclear weapons analysts believe Iran could build a nuclear weapon in less than a year, accelerating the prospect of a conflict involving Iran, the US and Israel. Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading Subscribe Login Independent journalism every day With digital access you can read The Business Post whenever, wherever, and however you want. Unlimited access to all sections of The Business Post on desktop, tablet and mobile. Breaking news, comment and analysis from the best Business Post writers seven days a week. Live blogs of major news events Videos and podcasts from some of the industry's most respected journalists such as Tom Lyons, Susan Mitchell and Ian Guider Access to The Business Post's … [Read more...] about How the Iran nuclear deal works… and what ending it could mean
By Gwynne Dyer The extraordinary thing is that there is no Plan B. If Donald Trump’s re-imposition of American sanctions on Iran does not cause President Hassan Rouhani’s government to buckle at once (which is almost unimaginable), there is nothing else he can do short of going to war with the country. And he couldn’t even win that war. Iran is entirely within its rights in condemning Trump’s action. All the other signatories to the deal that hobbled Iran’s nuclear programme – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – agree that Tehran is in full compliance with its terms, as do the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis. All of Trump’s complaints about the deal are about things it was never intended to cover, and it does not contain those things because Iran would never agree to terms that effectively gave the United States control over its foreign policy. If Trump wants to … [Read more...] about When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, there’s no Plan B
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has announced he has pulled America out of the "horrible, one-sided" Iran nuclear deal. Speaking in the White House, the US President claimed Iran has continued to develop its nuke programme branding the agreement "disastrous" - here's what you need to know. Why has Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal? Prior to his definitive announcement, Trump repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the deal, calling it “ridiculous” as well as “insane”. Reports had emerged citing people who are familiar with the decision say he told French President Emmanuel Macron his plans to withdraw from the historic deal. While he has made no secret of his dislike of the deal he has also said he was willing to work to improve the arrangement. He has particularly objected the accord’s sunset clause, which allows Iran to resume part of its nuclear programme after 2025. Speaking at a press conference in Washington yesterday to announce his … [Read more...] about Why did Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and what’s going to happen now?