China Firm Sold Illegal Nuke Materials to Iran: Prosecutors

Company said to have sent tons of supplies, breaching UN rules
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 7, 2009 12:36 PM CDT
Russian Atomic Agency Chief Sergei Kiriyenko, left, and Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, seen during a joint press in Iran, Feb. 25, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – New York officials today charged a Chinese businessman with illegally selling tons of materials to Iran that could be used to make rockets and nuclear weapons, the New York Times reports. Sales in 2006-08 of tungsten and other metals, often through shell firms, break UN rules, prosecutors say. Li Fang Wei and his firm, Limmt Economic and Trade Company, are charged with conspiracy and falsifying business records.