The Saudi embassy in the Sudanese capital Khartoum believed Iran shipped advanced nuclear equipment, including centrifuges for enriching uranium, to Sudan in 2012, a document released by WikiLeaks reportedly shows.
“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,” states a February 2012 document marked “very secret,” Reuters reports.
“If the cable is authentic, it does not provide details on the source of the embassy’s information or any further evidence of the shipment,” notes Reuters. “There have been no previous reports of Iran sending nuclear equipment to Sudan, which has no known nuclear program.”
Last week, WikiLeaks released more than 60,000 cables and documents which it claims are from Saudi Arabia’s government. It plans to release nearly half a million in total. Saudi Arabia claims the cables and documents are fake.
According to Global Voices Online, “of the 60,000 documents leaked so far, around 1,500 reference Iran or Iranian in English and Arabic,” showing Saudi Arabia’s preoccupation with its regional rival Shiite Iran.
Of the documents allegedly from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs alone, at least 23 are reportedly daily briefs about Iran.