US accuses Chinese national of breaching Iran nuclear sanctions
Federal prosecutors said Sihai Cheng supplied thousands of parts that have nuclear applications to a company involved in Iran's nuclear policy
A Chinese citizen faces US criminal charges that he conspired to export devices to Iran that could be used in the country’s nuclear programme, the US Justice Department said on Friday.
Federal prosecutors said Sihai Cheng supplied thousands of parts that have nuclear applications to Eyyaz, a company involved in Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, in violation of US sanctions on Iran.
The indictment, unsealed on Friday, comes as Iran and six world powers attempt to negotiate a comprehensive agreement to address Western suspicions that Iran is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.
The talks are aimed at hammering out a long-term deal by 20 July that would define the permissible scope of Iran’s nuclear programme in return for a lifting of sanctions that are severely battering its oil-dependent economy.
Cheng was arrested in the UK in February on a US provisional arrest warrant, according to the US Attorney's office in Massachusetts, which is prosecuting the case.
He faces a hearing in June over whether he will be extradited to the United States.
Additional reporting by Reuters
Jo from Northern Ireland was less than impressed by Russell Brand's attempt to stage a publicity stunt
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Manager for Cyber Secur...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Service Desk Analyst (App...
£35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: 3rd Line Support Engine...
£240 - £275 per day: Investigo: Support the global business through in-depth a...