Germany sold eight mobile laboratories to Iraq in the 1980s, reports the German-language New Zurich Newspaper.
According to a story in the Swiss paper yesterday, Iraq received the facilities for the purpose of producing biological and chemical weapons. Development expert Hans Branscheidt claims he personally saw the vehicles in action on several occasions in 1988, reports the paper.
“What is certain is that at least eight of these mobile laboratories were delivered from the Federal Republic of Germany to Iraq as late as the end of the eighties,” Branscheidt is quoted as saying in the New Zurich. According to the report, he also confirmed his comments to the Reuters news service.
Branscheidt also wrote in a column for the German-language Evangelical Press Service that the construction of an Iraqi research center for missile technology “became almost exclusively the work of German companies.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, the German magazine Focus reported this month that German intelligence officials believe Iraq has truck-borne weapons labs for making chemical or biological weapons. The report also says that Iraq bought parts that could be used for the labs from German companies.
The head of Germany’s intelligence service, August Hanning, told German legislators that the Iraqi government had even bought equipment for the laboratories in Germany, according to the Focus report. He said Baghdad had also attempted to buy material in Germany to build missiles.
Germany also may be involved with another “axis of evil” nation – North Korea.
Yesterday, the Washington Times reported that the North Korean ship that last year delivered Scud missiles to Yemen transferred a large shipment of chemical weapons material from Germany to North Korea recently, citing U.S. intelligence officials.
According to the Times report, the ship, the Sosan, was monitored as it arrived in North Korea earlier this month carrying a shipment of sodium cyanide, a precursor chemical used in making nerve gas. The vessel reportedly picked up the chemicals in Germany after unloading the missiles in Yemen.