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May 18, 1988 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports and
Iranian President Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that his forces will block all oil movement in the Persian Gulf if its tankers are stopped, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported. If Iran fails to export its oil, "there would be no way for any other country to do the same through the waterway," IRNA, monitored in Nicosia, quoted him as saying.
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November 16, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
A leading Iranian official acknowledged Monday that an arms cache seized last month in Nigeria belonged to a private company with links to Iran but insisted that the "misunderstandings" between the two nations had been resolved. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the weapons shipment was meant for another West African country, according to the semiofficial Fars News Agency. Nigerians later identified the country as Gambia. Mottaki, returning to Tehran from a tour of four West African countries, including Nigeria, told reporters he had answered the concerns of counterparts in Nigeria, which feared the weapons were meant to support the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta.
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February 12, 1997 | From Associated Press
Skirting the shoals of Iran's Persian Gulf coast, tankers are smuggling tens of thousands of tons of fuel oil out of Iraq in violation of U.N. sanctions, a U.S. admiral said Tuesday. The embargo breakers and their Iranian protectors have had two confrontations with the Navy in the last two weeks, ramming a U.S. frigate in one showdown that wasn't publicized. "Our indications are that this is a rather sophisticated effort, centrally controlled within Iran," Vice Adm. Thomas B.
WORLD
November 5, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Israel's navy seized a cargo ship today and said it intercepted at least 300 tons of weapons being smuggled from Iran to Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas. The weapons seizure was Israel's largest in its decades of effort to curb the flow of arms to militant foes in the Middle East. Hundreds of crates -- opened to reveal dark green rockets, mortar shells and boxes of grenades and bullets -- lined the dock in Israel's port of Ashdod hours after the predawn naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea. By evening, Israeli forces were still unloading the 40 containers of armaments reported found aboard the Antigua-registered vessel, Francop, which remained under guard in the port.
NEWS
August 20, 1988 | Reuters
Iran said on Friday that it will continue to inspect ships in the Persian Gulf despite the cease-fire in its war with Iraq. "The Islamic Republic of Iran will exercise the right, based on international regulations, to inspect ships in the period between the cease-fire and the establishment of comprehensive peace," Tehran Radio, monitored in Nicosia, quoted Navy commander Rear Adm. Mohammed Hussein Malekzadegan as saying.
WORLD
November 16, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
A leading Iranian official acknowledged Monday that an arms cache seized last month in Nigeria belonged to a private company with links to Iran but insisted that the "misunderstandings" between the two nations had been resolved. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the weapons shipment was meant for another West African country, according to the semiofficial Fars News Agency. Nigerians later identified the country as Gambia. Mottaki, returning to Tehran from a tour of four West African countries, including Nigeria, told reporters he had answered the concerns of counterparts in Nigeria, which feared the weapons were meant to support the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta.
NEWS
April 18, 1988 | MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writer
U.S. warships attacked two strategic Iranian oil platforms today in retaliation for a mine explosion that damaged a Navy frigate and injured 10 American seamen last week, the White House said. Presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said President Reagan "directed U.S. forces at 1 a.m. EDT today to strike" Iranian oil platforms at Sirri and Sassan in the central Persian Gulf.
NEWS
May 14, 1986 | Associated Press
A U.S. Navy warship intercepted an Iranian frigate earlier this week as it approached an American cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman and, after several minutes of radioed warnings, persuaded the Iranians to leave the area, Administration sources said today. The U.S. cargo ship that the Iranians attempted to approach was the President McKinley, which was bound for the port of Fujaira in the United Arab Emirates, the sources said.
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July 18, 1985 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
A New York man charged by federal officials with involvement in a ring that sold stolen aircraft parts to Iran was indicted Wednesday in a scheme authorities said provided the Iranians with sophisticated military equipment over a period of years. Edgardo Pangilinan Agustin, 45, was named in the seven-page indictment released in San Diego on Wednesday. According to the indictment, Agustin, who lives in Jamaica, N.Y., also has residences in the Philippines and Virginia Beach, Va.
NEWS
January 21, 1987 | MICHAEL WINES and RICHARD E. MEYER, Times Staff Writers
Apparently directed by White House aide Oliver L. North, a small Danish cargo ship last October secretly attempted to deliver U.S.-made machine guns to Iran--seeking to swap the arms not for American hostages but for a captured Soviet T-72 tank long coveted by U.S. intelligence agencies, sources say. The blue and white freighter, the Erria, took on its cargo of weapons at the Israeli port of Haifa, sailed through the Suez Canal and down the Red Sea to the mouth of the Persian Gulf.
BUSINESS
January 27, 1998 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Allergan Inc. agreed to pay $824,000 to settle Commerce Department allegations that it improperly exported medicine made from a lethal toxin that can be used in biological warfare, the federal agency said Monday. The penalty is the largest since international controls on biological exports became law six years ago, the agency said.
NEWS
February 12, 1997 | From Associated Press
Skirting the shoals of Iran's Persian Gulf coast, tankers are smuggling tens of thousands of tons of fuel oil out of Iraq in violation of U.N. sanctions, a U.S. admiral said Tuesday. The embargo breakers and their Iranian protectors have had two confrontations with the Navy in the last two weeks, ramming a U.S. frigate in one showdown that wasn't publicized. "Our indications are that this is a rather sophisticated effort, centrally controlled within Iran," Vice Adm. Thomas B.
BUSINESS
September 13, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of a Newport Beach company and a manager were indicted Thursday on charges of illegally exporting to Iran electronic testing and measuring equipment that could be used to develop missile guidance systems and nuclear weapons. Reza (Ray) Amiri, 43, an Iranian national and owner of Ray Amiri Computer Consultants, and Mohammad (Don) Danesh, 55, the firm's operations manager, were charged in a 17-count indictment in U.S. District Court here. The men were arrested Aug.
NEWS
August 20, 1988 | Reuters
Iran said on Friday that it will continue to inspect ships in the Persian Gulf despite the cease-fire in its war with Iraq. "The Islamic Republic of Iran will exercise the right, based on international regulations, to inspect ships in the period between the cease-fire and the establishment of comprehensive peace," Tehran Radio, monitored in Nicosia, quoted Navy commander Rear Adm. Mohammed Hussein Malekzadegan as saying.
NEWS
May 18, 1988 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports and
Iranian President Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that his forces will block all oil movement in the Persian Gulf if its tankers are stopped, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported. If Iran fails to export its oil, "there would be no way for any other country to do the same through the waterway," IRNA, monitored in Nicosia, quoted him as saying.
NEWS
April 18, 1988 | MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writer
U.S. warships attacked two strategic Iranian oil platforms today in retaliation for a mine explosion that damaged a Navy frigate and injured 10 American seamen last week, the White House said. Presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said President Reagan "directed U.S. forces at 1 a.m. EDT today to strike" Iranian oil platforms at Sirri and Sassan in the central Persian Gulf.
BUSINESS
September 13, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of a Newport Beach company and a manager were indicted Thursday on charges of illegally exporting to Iran electronic testing and measuring equipment that could be used to develop missile guidance systems and nuclear weapons. Reza (Ray) Amiri, 43, an Iranian national and owner of Ray Amiri Computer Consultants, and Mohammad (Don) Danesh, 55, the firm's operations manager, were charged in a 17-count indictment in U.S. District Court here. The men were arrested Aug.
BUSINESS
January 27, 1998 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Allergan Inc. agreed to pay $824,000 to settle Commerce Department allegations that it improperly exported medicine made from a lethal toxin that can be used in biological warfare, the federal agency said Monday. The penalty is the largest since international controls on biological exports became law six years ago, the agency said.
NEWS
January 21, 1987 | MICHAEL WINES and RICHARD E. MEYER, Times Staff Writers
Apparently directed by White House aide Oliver L. North, a small Danish cargo ship last October secretly attempted to deliver U.S.-made machine guns to Iran--seeking to swap the arms not for American hostages but for a captured Soviet T-72 tank long coveted by U.S. intelligence agencies, sources say. The blue and white freighter, the Erria, took on its cargo of weapons at the Israeli port of Haifa, sailed through the Suez Canal and down the Red Sea to the mouth of the Persian Gulf.
NEWS
May 14, 1986 | Associated Press
A U.S. Navy warship intercepted an Iranian frigate earlier this week as it approached an American cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman and, after several minutes of radioed warnings, persuaded the Iranians to leave the area, Administration sources said today. The U.S. cargo ship that the Iranians attempted to approach was the President McKinley, which was bound for the port of Fujaira in the United Arab Emirates, the sources said.
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