BRITAIN APPROVES SOME MILITARY EXPORTS TO IRAN
LONDON [MENL] -- Britain has acknowledged that military equipment has been sold to Iran despite an
embargo on the Islamic republic.
Officials said the systems approved were meant for Iran's battle against insurgency and
drug-trafficking along the Afghan and Pakistan border. They said no weapons were sold.
The British military sales to Iran were cited in the latest report by the Foreign Office. The report
said the approval of British export licenses to Iran decreased during the year 2000.
Last year, the government approved 60 out of 80 applications worth $29 million for exports to Iran.
In 1999, 84 out of 99 license applications were approved in sales worth $53 million.
The report said Britain approved the sale of night-vision equipment meant to monitor insurgents and
drug smugglers. The system was relayed to troops along the Iranian border. Another system approved
for sale was that of an industrial turbine, which could be used in military jet engines.
The Home Office denied two military requests from Iran last year. London imposed sanctions on
Teheran more than a decade ago.