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article imageSanctions imposed on Iran, Syria arms suppliers

By bobSP     Jan 6, 2007 in World
Chinese, Russian, and North Korean arms dealers are being sanctioned by the US for providing weapons and supplies to Iran and Syria.
The sanctions are largely only symbolic, but they do ban all US companies from dealing with the companies that have been found to have sent advanced conventional weapons, weapons of mass destruction (or their parts), or chemicals that are widely used as weapons.
While Russia is crying foul and saying that these sanctions are "illegal," the US stands firm in its decision. The US has right and jurisdiction of it's own companies, therefore Russia has no validity in its claim of any wrong-doing by the US.
Russian company Rosoboroneksport signed deals with Syria worth $9.7 billion in May 2005 and were used by Syria to wage war with Israel during the Hezbollah conflict last summer. Israeli forces further proved this belief when they found Russian-made missiles and other weapons after they defeated the Islamo-terrorist group.
The Russians have also further stressed relations and bent international ethics by supplying many of the more militant regimes in South America--including the Venezuelan government that has been threatening the US-friendly Colombian government--and has only excused its actions by symbolically saying "stay out of our business.
The Chinese companies are the Zibo Chemical Equipment Plant, which has been linked to chemical-weapons sales, the China National Aerotechnology Import Export Corp. and the China National Electrical Import and Export Co.
The Korean Mining and Industrial Development Corp. also was sanctioned for its role in the transfers. An official said the North Korean company, which was linked in the past to air shipments of missiles from North Korea to Iran, is a "serial proliferator."
Whatever happens, it wont be on a large scale--and besides, those arms dealers in the three countries don't do much business with the US anyway (we make our own weapons). Those companies will continue to agitate the situation in the middle-east by providing an unending supply of weapons, and the US will not be able to stop it--I doubt even a UN resolution would either (the nations involved aren't known for their cooperation).
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