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August 14, 1989
Iranian researchers tried to buy poison-producing strains of fungus from Canada and the Netherlands earlier this year, but the Bush Administration blocked the attempts, fearing that Iran intended to use the fungus to make chemical weapons from the toxins the fungus produces, a published report said.
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February 16, 1998 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decade before the current showdown over weapons of mass destruction, the United States turned a blind eye when Iraq used American intelligence for operations against Iran that made rampant use of chemical weapons and ballistic missiles, according to senior Clinton administration and former intelligence officials. The attacks against civilian and military targets during the Iran-Iraq War included some of the most pervasive uses of chemical weapons anywhere since World War I.
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May 6, 1997 | Associated Press
An Israeli millionaire was indicted Monday on charges of assisting an enemy nation and endangering Israeli security by selling chemical weapons components to Iran. According to the indictment in Tel Aviv District Court, Nahum Manbar received $16 million for selling chemical materials to Iran that were used to make mustard and nerve gas. If found guilty, Manbar could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
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May 6, 1997 | Associated Press
An Israeli millionaire was indicted Monday on charges of assisting an enemy nation and endangering Israeli security by selling chemical weapons components to Iran. According to the indictment in Tel Aviv District Court, Nahum Manbar received $16 million for selling chemical materials to Iran that were used to make mustard and nerve gas. If found guilty, Manbar could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
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August 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The United States has stopped a Chinese ship from delivering chemical weapon ingredients to Iran, U.S. officials said. However, China disputed the U.S. report. Foreign Ministry officials said in Beijing that an investigation has found the weapon allegations to be groundless. They suggested the two sides jointly inspect the ship. Its current location was not given.
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July 2, 1989 | From Associated Press
An Iran-bound ship believed to be carrying a chemical used to make deadly mustard gas docked here Saturday, sources said. West German television said it would be stopped before reaching Iran. Iran's Tehran Radio on Saturday denied that the shipment, which is at the center of a chemical weapons scandal in West Germany, is bound for Iran. The West German-flagged Seacrest Pioneer docked in Dubai after leaving Bombay, India, Dubai-based shipping sources said.
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January 25, 1997 | From Associated Press
An Irvine man and his business partner were arrested Friday on suspicion of conspiring to ship chemicals that could be used to make nerve gas to Iran, in violation of the U.S. trade embargo. Prosecutors said Abdol Hamid Rashidian, an Iranian citizen living in Irvine, and Henry Joseph Trojack of Las Vegas conspired to ship impregnated alumina.
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January 31, 1989 | MELISSA HEALY, Times Staff Writer
American investigators, in a crackdown on U.S. exporters who supply chemical weapons components to Third World countries, on Monday charged a New Jersey man and a Dutch businessman with seven criminal counts each for allegedly selling thiodiglycol, a major ingredient of mustard gas, to Iran and Iraq. U.S. Atty. Breckinridge L. Willcox also announced that Alcolac International Inc., a Baltimore manufacturer of the chemical, will plead guilty to violating a U.S.
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January 29, 1989 | From Reuters
Iran stockpiled chemicals used to make poison gas through secret purchases from West German, Greek, U.S. and Singapore firms, the New York Times, quoting U.S. officials and court records, reported in today's editions. The illegal purchases began during the last months of the Iran-Iraq War, according to the newspaper, and continued despite the cease-fire agreed to last August. Although U.S.
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January 30, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
A senior Foreign Ministry official promised here Sunday that the Bonn government will investigate new charges that West German firms helped supply Iran with materials for the manufacture of chemical weapons. Previously, West German companies have been implicated in helping design and construct, as well as supply, suspected poison gas factories in Iraq and Libya. The official, Helmut Schaefer, a deputy foreign minister, was attending a defense symposium here when asked about U.S.
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January 25, 1997 | From Associated Press
An Irvine man and his business partner were arrested Friday on suspicion of conspiring to ship chemicals that could be used to make nerve gas to Iran, in violation of the U.S. trade embargo. Prosecutors said Abdol Hamid Rashidian, an Iranian citizen living in Irvine, and Henry Joseph Trojack of Las Vegas conspired to ship impregnated alumina.
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March 23, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Iran has placed 6,000 troops and chemical weapons near the Strait of Hormuz as part of a "very substantial buildup" of military force, Defense Secretary William J. Perry said Wednesday. "It's a deployment of force beyond any reasonable defensive requirement and can only be regarded as a threat to shipping in the area," Perry said in Bahrain just before flying to this federation of emirates near the strategic entry to the Persian Gulf.
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September 3, 1993 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The inspection of the Chinese merchant ship Yinhe in the Persian Gulf failed to turn up any of the chemical weapons materials that the United States, whose Navy had been shadowing the ship for more than a month, said were aboard en route to Iran, a government spokesman in Beijing said Thursday.
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August 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The United States has stopped a Chinese ship from delivering chemical weapon ingredients to Iran, U.S. officials said. However, China disputed the U.S. report. Foreign Ministry officials said in Beijing that an investigation has found the weapon allegations to be groundless. They suggested the two sides jointly inspect the ship. Its current location was not given.
NEWS
August 14, 1989
Iranian researchers tried to buy poison-producing strains of fungus from Canada and the Netherlands earlier this year, but the Bush Administration blocked the attempts, fearing that Iran intended to use the fungus to make chemical weapons from the toxins the fungus produces, a published report said.
NEWS
July 2, 1989 | From Associated Press
An Iran-bound ship believed to be carrying a chemical used to make deadly mustard gas docked here Saturday, sources said. West German television said it would be stopped before reaching Iran. Iran's Tehran Radio on Saturday denied that the shipment, which is at the center of a chemical weapons scandal in West Germany, is bound for Iran. The West German-flagged Seacrest Pioneer docked in Dubai after leaving Bombay, India, Dubai-based shipping sources said.
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March 23, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Iran has placed 6,000 troops and chemical weapons near the Strait of Hormuz as part of a "very substantial buildup" of military force, Defense Secretary William J. Perry said Wednesday. "It's a deployment of force beyond any reasonable defensive requirement and can only be regarded as a threat to shipping in the area," Perry said in Bahrain just before flying to this federation of emirates near the strategic entry to the Persian Gulf.
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January 31, 1989 | MELISSA HEALY, Times Staff Writer
American investigators, in a crackdown on U.S. exporters who supply chemical weapons components to Third World countries, on Monday charged a New Jersey man and a Dutch businessman with seven criminal counts each for allegedly selling thiodiglycol, a major ingredient of mustard gas, to Iran and Iraq. U.S. Atty. Breckinridge L. Willcox also announced that Alcolac International Inc., a Baltimore manufacturer of the chemical, will plead guilty to violating a U.S.
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January 30, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
A senior Foreign Ministry official promised here Sunday that the Bonn government will investigate new charges that West German firms helped supply Iran with materials for the manufacture of chemical weapons. Previously, West German companies have been implicated in helping design and construct, as well as supply, suspected poison gas factories in Iraq and Libya. The official, Helmut Schaefer, a deputy foreign minister, was attending a defense symposium here when asked about U.S.
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