Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Indian company rejects US claim on chemical supplies to Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Aug 5, IRNA
India-US-Sanctions
One of the two Indian companies, Balaji Amines, a chemical company blacklisted by the US for dealings with Iran, on Saturday rejected American claims saying it had not supplied any product that could be used in the weapons of mass destruction.

"We have not supplied any products which fall under the Schedule I, II and II of Chemicals Weapons Convention Act to Iran. We have supplied only three products which are used in making life saving anti -biotics," PTI reported here quoting Secunderabad, a city of Andhra Pradesh state, based Balaji Amines Director Commercial D Ram Reddy.

Balaji Amines had supplied three chemicals triethyleamide, diethylyamide and diethyleacetamide used in the manufacture of ampicillin, amoxyciline and cephalaxin to Iran's Zakaria Tabriz Pharmaceutical and Chemical Co. and Antibiotic Sazi Iran.

"Even that supply also we have stopped since December 2005 after an intimation from the External Affairs Ministry," he added.

Asked if these products could be used in any way for development of any weapons of mass destruction, Reddy replied in the negative.

"The only other usage is as a foundry chemical," he said, adding that many European companies still continue to supply the same chemicals to Iran.

Reddy said while the company was more concerned about the blame, it wanted New Delhi to support the domestic industry.

The United States has imposed sanctions against seven foreign companies, including two each from India, Russia, North Korea and one from Cuba, accusing them of passing on sensitive technology to Iran that could be used to develop weapons of mass destruction.

The action comes under US legislation, Iran Non-Proliferation Act of 2000, that aims to prevent sales to Iran of equipment that can be used in missile systems or weapons of mass destruction.

All the seven companies, including the two Indian companies, Balaji Amines Ltd and Prachi Poly Products Ltd, both chemical manufacturers will be barred from doing business with the US government or acquiring American high-technology items under the sanctions announced yesterday in the US government's official journal, the Federal Register.

The US penalties, to be in place for two years, are likely to have little or no impact on the North Korean and Cuban firms, which have no known dealings with the United States.

But they could have a substantial impact on the two Indian companies -- chemical exporters Balaji Amines and Prachi Poly Products -- and the Russian firms, aircraft maker Sukhoi and Rosoboronexport which is the state agency for export of Russian military hardware.

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