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U.S. Sanctions China for Sales to Iran

Thursday, 24 January 2002 12:00 AM

A State Department official told United Press International Thursday the items transferred to Iran "would be useful in chemical and biological programs," but refused to elaborate.

Liyang Chemical Equipment, the China Machinery Electric Import and Export Co. and Chen Qingchang sold items to Iran, the State Department said. Under the sanctions ruling, the two companies and the individual are barred from receiving U.S. federal contracts.

Sino-American relations hit another recent snag after improved cooperation since Sept. 11. Last week, the Financial Times and the Washington Post reported a special American plane for Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin was bugged with listening devices, a revelation that could strain the ties between the two nations in light of last spring's showdown over the EP-3E surveillance plane, whose crew China held hostage after an emergency landing.

Before the Sept. 11 terror strikes, Washington imposed sanctions on China Metallurgical Equipment Corp., a company U.S. officials said has helped Pakistan develop Shaheen I and Shaheen II missiles. U.S. officials said the sale violated a November 2000 agreement on missile sales between Beijing and Washington.

Of the three entities sanctioned this month, Chen is the only one to have been penalized by Washington before. In 1997 the United States imposed trade sanctions on Chen and five other people for "knowingly and materially contributing to Iran's chemical weapons program," a press statement said.

The latest State Department report on patterns of global terrorism characterizes Iran as the world's leading sponsor of terror. Despite signals from Iran to cooperate against the Taliban after Sept. 11, Israelis accused Iran this month of providing weapons on a cargo ship headed for the Gaza Strip seized earlier this month.

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