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TAIWAN FIRM SANCTIONED BY U.S. FOR IGNORING TRADE EMBARGO ON IRAN

2004-04-03 16:34:53

    Washington, April 2 (CNA) A firm in Taiwan has been sanctioned by the United States for violating an embargo against Iran by selling it items forbidden by the United States, the State Department reported Friday.

    Adam Ereli, the deputy spokesman for the State Department, said U.S. intelligence shows that the Goodly Industry Company of Taiwan, along with twelve other firms, have since Jan. 1, 1999 sold goods or technology to Iran that could be used for the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.

    These firms have violated U.S. legislation enacted in 2000 and have thereby been deprived of the right to deal with the U.S. government for two years, Ereli said.

    Although the subject of the sanction are firms rather than countries that have ignored the U.S. embargo, their respective governments have been informed of the U.S. sanction decisions, Ereli added.

    Among the 13 offenders, five are mainland Chinese firms. Goodly is believed to be the first Taiwan firm sanctioned under the act.

(By Jay Chen and Maubo Chang)

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