London, Feb. 01 (Stop Fundamentalism) – The head of the Belgian federal security service (VS) was forced to resign after it emerged that his force oversaw sales of machines related to nuclear weapons production to Iran.
Belgian press reported on Tuesday that Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx and Interior Minister Patrick Dewael jointly announced that VS chief Koen Dassen had submitted his letter of resignation.
The resignation came after talks between Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and his deputy prime ministers Onkelinx and Dewael, the daily ‘De Standaard’ reported on Tuesday.
A report presented by Committee I to the Belgian Senate on Tuesday noted that on November 2004 an Isostatic Press machine was supplied by the Temse-based firm Epsi to Iran.
The export breached international regulations which forbid the sale of nuclear-related goods to Iran.