Police say a Toronto man has been charged with trying to export nuclear technology to Iran.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Friday that Mahmoud Yadegari attempted to obtain pressure transducers. The devices are used to make enriched uranium but can also have military applications.

Police say the man was attempting to illegally move the transducers from Boston to Toronto on to Dubai, with Iran as the final destination. They were acting on a tip from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The U.S. and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons secretly under the guise of a civilian atomic energy program. Iran denies the charges and insists its efforts are aimed at producing nuclear power only.