The Siemens and Iran issue came up last week with the Iranian’s claiming that Siemens had delivered a monitoring device that exploded when investigated. This claim was quickly denied by Siemens spokesman Alexander Machowetz:
Siemens does not have any business ties with Iran”s nuclear programme and does not supply any technical equipment for it.
Siemens has consistently stated that they have had no nuclear division business with Iran since the 1979 revolution. It’s very odd that Iran would even make such a claim if Siemens had been nowhere near the nuclear facilities since 1979.
Adding further confusion are passages from Chapter 8 of David Sanger’s book, Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.
According to one person involved, it helped that Siemens was maintaining the system every few weeks, updating the software. “Siemens had no idea they were a carrier,” one official told me. (American officials insist that the United States steered clear of Siemens engineers for fear of jeopardizing their relationship with Germany’s intelligence service. But those diplomatic niceties apparently did not stop the Israelis.)
Soon it was not an issue: the Iranians, suspicious of the German engineers, banned them from access to Natanz, either directly or remotely.
I wouldn’t expect Siemens or Germany to clarify this confusion, but the Iranians could by simply showing some evidence that Siemens personnel were involved with Natanz sometime over the last five years.
Speculation Warning – the next three paragraphs are pure speculation