Well, this was predictable…

If it doesn’t say “MADE IN USA” on the bottom, it must be an illegal WMD!

The US state department has imposed sanctions on arms firms from Russia, North Korea, India and Cuba for allegedly supplying equipment to Iran.

It said they had broken US laws banning the sale to Tehran of equipment capable of helping the development of weapons of mass destruction.


The sanctions stop US firms working with affected companies – which include Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi.

Russia’s foreign ministry condemned the decision as “clearly illegitimate”.

Moscow last year signed a deal worth $700m (£380m) to supply surface-to-air missiles to Iran.

Sukhoi has denied having any contracts with Tehran and company chairman Alexander Klementev told Russian radio station Moscow Echo that it had delivered nothing to Iran for at least six years.

The US sanctions were ordered under the 2000 Iran Non-proliferation Act.

A state department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the sanctions were imposed after the US obtained “credible information” that the companies had transferred equipment or materials to Iran since 1 January 1999.

“The sanctions apply to the specific entities and their successors, sub-units or subsidiaries and not to their respective countries or governments,” the official told Reuters news agency.

Russia’s foreign ministry responded by saying that the sanctions were “a clearly illegitimate attempt to make foreign companies work by internal American rules”.

In May, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov confirmed that the deal to supply up to 30 Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran still stands.

Along with Sukhoi, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport has been put under the US sanctions.

The two Indian companies are Balaji Amines Ltd and Prachi Poly Products Ltd, both chemical manufacturers.

The North Korean companies are Korean Mining and Industrial Development Corporation and Korea Pugang Trading Corporation, and the Cuban company is the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

Okay, all you right-wing parrots, all together now:

“AXIS OF EVIL! AXIS OF EVIL! GRAAAWWWK! POLLY WANNA OIL WAR!”

And if it IS made in the USA, why, it must be good. Unless, of course, it gets sold to Hugo Chavez!

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2 Responses to Well, this was predictable…

  1. Wren says:

    We can’t get an arms embargo against Iran through the UN so we try to impose it through the State Department? What right does one country have to impose its laws on other sovereign nations? Oh! That is right. Bush doesn’t know what sovereign means. Too bad for Bush that Putin does. LOL
    The world is not about to have the US tell them they can’t defend themselves. The Ironic part is that the US spends more on its military than all others in the world combined and we are the ones that have invaded countries in the past five years. So we are the ones scaring the world to buy these defensive weapons in the first place.

  2. Bina says:

    LOL…not only does Putin know what sovereign means, he also knows what TRADE means. And he aims to do it with Chavez. Among others.

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