Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point
On Air
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Wednesday, July 29, 1998 Published at 06:23 GMT 07:23 UK


World: Americas

US imposes sanctions over Iran missile

Clinton: encouraged by Russian Government's efforts

President Bill Clinton has imposed sanctions on seven Russian companies the United States believes have helped Iran to develop its missile programme.

The sanctions, which include a ban on trading with the companies, come days after Iran test-fired a 1,300km-range missile capable of striking Israel.

The involvement of two other companies is still being examined and they could face similar punishment if the US decides they were also implicated.

Investigations into the case were started by the Russian authorities. Mr Clinton said he was encouraged by the action the country has taken against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The sanctions order expands the president's authority to act against firms anywhere in the world that sell weapons of mass destruction and rockets capable of carrying chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

Missile test raises tensions

The missile, whose launch was detected by US spy satellites, is though to be a Shehab-3 of North Korean design

On Sunday, the Iranian Defence Minister, Ali Shamkani, said that the test was carried out through the efforts of Iranian military experts and without "any foreign support".

He added: "The defence policy of the Islamic republic is based on improving its deterrent capability."

However, the test drew strong criticism from the US. President Clinton warned it could be an obstacle to Washington developing better relations with Teheran.

Israel also expressed concern over the missile test and said it would take any necessary steps to defend itself.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©




Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia


Relevant Stories

25 Jul 98 | Middle East
Iran acknowledges missile test

23 Jul 98 | Americas
Iranian missile causes concern in US

18 Jun 98 | Middle East
US-Iranian ties: chronology





Internet Links

The White House

Iranian mission to the United Nations

The Russian Government


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

From Business
Microsoft trial mediator appointed

Safety chief deplores crash speculation

From Entertainment
Taxman scoops a million

Violence greets Clinton visit

Bush outlines foreign policy

Boy held after US school shooting

Memorial for bonfire dead

Senate passes US budget

New constitution for Venezuela

North Korea expels US 'spy'

Hurricane Lenny abates

UN welcomes US paying dues

Chavez praises 'advanced' constitution

In pictures: Castro strikes out Chavez

WTO: arbitration in EU-Ecuador banana dispute

Colombian army chief says rebels defeated

Colombian president lambasts rebels