UAE, Bahrain confiscate items bound for Iran

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Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:59 AM
UAE, Bahrain confiscate items bound for Iran

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A diplomat says the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have informed the U.N. that they have confiscated number of items which could be used in Iran's nuclear program.

The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that the U.N. committee monitoring sanctions on Iran was investigating the items, which include carbon fiber, confiscated by Bahrain. He did not say where the items had been confiscated or from whom.

A U.S. Senate report in 2009 said Iran is eager to obtain carbon fibers and specialized metals for use in advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium, a key ingredient of nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is purely peaceful.

Authorities in the UAE and Bahrain declined to discuss the matter, but Gulf officials have pledged to boost inspections of Iran-bound goods for possible sanctions violations.