July 13th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

2 indicted for allegedly trying to supply Iran with nuclear-related materials

A federal grand jury has indicted two people for their alleged attempts to supply Iran with U.S. materials for gas centrifuges to enrich uranium, the Justice Department said Friday.

The indictment charges Parviz Khaki, an Iranian citizen, and Zongcheng Yi, a resident of China, each with one count of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by conspiring to export the goods without the required license.

Both also face one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts of smuggling, two counts of illegally exporting U.S. goods to Iran in violation of IEEPA and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the Justice Deaprtment said.

Khaki, 43, was arrested in the Philippines in May. Yi remains art large.

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  1. OffTheWorldPolitics

    The modern world should never allow a theocracy even the potential to develop a nuclear weapon. Doing so will only plunge the civilized world into a realm of fear and uncertainty. It is never acceptable to acquiesce to the demands of religious dictators.

    July 13, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
    • Cyrus

      Ever heard of Israel?

      July 14, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
      • Xairesephos

        Apples and oranges. There are religious political parties in Israel, but it is a multi-party democracy dominated by secular parties. Nice
        Try, but you FAIL.

        July 15, 2012 at 2:47 am |
      • John

        Xairesephos: You do not understand that while Israel may very well be a multi-party democracy, it is one whose population supports the widespread marginalization and oppression of an innocent group of people. In a sense, Israel simply serves as a cause for and a conduit for anti-Americanism. We are so entrenched in our submissive stance towards Israel we do not see the conflict of interests that exist in American & Israeli foreign policy. Israeli oppression of Arabs and America's unwavering support simply solidifies the notion that the West can never get along with the East. While we bolster regimes who act on their own, greedy impulses, the wider Arabian and Middle Eastern population is organizing and taking note of our support (or lack of). The same way we were "surprised" that Egypt elected a Muslim radical is the same way we will be surpriesed when Arab democracies do not cater to our demands. The proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East is a danger, but Iran is not the core of this danger, it is a rogue Israeli state that oppresses and bombs civilians and antagonizes ineighbours. When was the last time Tehran initiated an armed conflict with one of its neighbours? The Iranian regime will fall on its own, but sanctioning it and cornering it will compact and soldify this oppressive regime. As I have argued many times before, opening up for business with Iran is how relationships are built and cooperation is attained. It would be a shame if two civilizations are dragged into conflict by a cancerous, self-serving, state which has strategically purchased government officials who supposedly represent a nation over 30 times its size. I am a proud American, not an Israeli. Quit forking over my hard earned money to a nation that won't hesitate to bite the hand that feeds it and initiates fights we are not looking to get into.

        July 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  2. lance

    isreal needs to drop in some nuclear waste on iranian camel fornicators.

    July 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • Cyrus

      They could dump you on em.

      Be way worse.

      July 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  3. Cyrus

    But Israel can buy and proliferate at will...

    It's time to reject hasbara fear mongering, funded by unconditional aid to Israel.

    Out of your checks, into Palestinian chests.

    July 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply

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