West accuses Iran of shipping arms to Syria

he four Western powers trying to rein in Iran's nuclear program accused Tehran on Thursday of shipping arms to Syria in violation of U.N. sanctions and ignoring demands to open key nuclear facilities to U.N. inspectors.

The United States, Britain, France and Germany expressed growing concern that Iran's goal is building a nuclear arsenal — not nuclear power plants for peaceful civilian use, as Tehran insists.

Germany's U.N. Ambassador Peter Wittig said reports indicate Iran is shipping arms to Syria "under a humanitarian pretext," which makes it crucial that all countries enforce the sanctions to keep pressure on Iran.

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