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Cablegate: Estonia: Nie Report Will Not Weaken Dual-Use

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R 141457Z DEC 07
FM AMEMBASSY TALLINN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0385
INFO RUCNOAS/NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP COLLECTIVE
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0346

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STATE FOR EUR/NB KATHERINE GARRY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PARM KNNP MNUR IR EN
SUBJECT: ESTONIA: NIE REPORT WILL NOT WEAKEN DUAL-USE
WATCH PROCEDURES

REF: STATE 164758

1. (SBU) On December 11, Poloff shared reftel points with
Riho Kruuv, Bureau Director for Armament and Strategic
Goods Control at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Kruuv gave assurances that the Government of Estonia (GOE)
has in no way weakened their controls on export licenses to
Iran in light of the National Intelligence Estimate and has
no plans to do so in the future. Kruuv stated that the
Estonian Customs Board is vigilant about tracking down and
checking all consignments to Iran. In fact, the GOE has
recently discouraged a few Estonian companies from
exporting dual-use products such as aluminum powder and
electronics equipment to Iran, suggesting that they find
other 'not so sensitive markets.' (NOTE: Kruuv explained
that since the companies in question only consulted with
the Strategic Goods Commission about selling these products
to Iran and did not actually apply for licenses, the GOE
did not have grounds to officially notify other partners in
the Nuclear Suppliers Group. END NOTE.)

PHILLIPS

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