Source Pravda.Ru

U.S. sanctions six Chinese companies for sales to Iran

President George W. &to=http://english.pravda.ru/war/2003/03/18/44603.html' target=_blank>Bush's administration is punishing nine foreign companies, six of them in China, for selling missile goods and chemical arms material to Iran.

In making the announcement Tuesday, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said the sanctions were based on "credible evidence," which he did not disclose.

Two of the companies are Indian and the other is Austrian.

As a result, Ereli said, the United States will not provide export licenses to the companies for doing business here and will ban U.S. government purchases from the companies.