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China Checking on Arms Reaching Iran

May 10, 1987|From Reuters

BEIJING — China has said it is seriously investigating whether Chinese arms are being sent to Iran by third parties, a Palestine Liberation Organization official said Saturday.

Abu Iyad, head of a PLO delegation to China, quoted Chinese officials as saying that Chinese weapons may have reached Iran by indirect routes under recent rules allowing Chinese arms exports.

Iran's ambassador to China, Alaeddin Borojerdi, asked last month about reports that his country was using Chinese-made missiles in its war with Iraq, replied that any Chinese arms which Iran might be using were either bought on the international arms market or captured from Iraqi forces.

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