| GEO World|
| China got Taiwan firm to sell nuke parts to Iran: report|
| Updated at: 1211 PST, Saturday, January 09, 2010|
TAIPEI: A Taiwanese firm allegedly sold equipment that can be used to make nuclear weapons to Iran under a request from China, a Taipei-based magazine said.
The firm received an online order from China last year to buy pressure transducers on behalf of an Iranian oil company for pipeline construction, the magazine reported this week.
The firm later shipped 108 pressure transducers it had acquired from a Swiss firm to Iran as exporting the items was not illegal in Switzerland or Taiwan, the report said, citing a Taiwanese trade official.
China, despite claiming its unwillingness to provide Iran with sensitive technology, has "secretly shipped critical components" to the country through Taiwanese firms, the report quoted an unnamed source as saying. The magazine did not identify any of the companies allegedly involved.