WASHINGTON — European and Japanese companies sold computerized technology to the Soviet Union and China for 10 years in violation of an export control agreement, according to a report by Norwegian police released here today.
"The investigation has also brought to light information appearing to indicate that American companies as well may have supplied technology in breach of . . . regulations," the report said. "This information has been conveyed to the American authorities."
The report did not elaborate on that aspect of the investigation.
Investigators found that from 1974 to 1984, a subsidiary of the Norwegian state-owned Kongsberg company sold to the Soviet Union, through other countries, 140 computerized milling devices that helped the Soviets fashion silent submarine propellers, the report said.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff members have been meeting with representatives of France, Italy, West Germany, Britain and Japan for two days, demanding that they launch an investigation into the alleged violations, said Bill Triplett, a committee staff member.