UK rejects 20 percent of export applications to Iran
British Authorities refused to endorse 16 out of the 83 export applications issued for shipping goods to Iran in 2001, some 20 percent of the total. The decision was a result of the United Kingdom (UK)’s continued imposition of unilateral sanctions on the Republic, reported the British Foreign Office.
The value of approved sales reached £19.5 million ($30 million) compared with £20 million in 2000 and £36 million in 1999. Approved exports included laboratory equipment, components for civil aircraft, machine tools and marine vessels parts. Of the refusals, three were from the military list and 13 were goods with a potential dual-use.
The UK’s sanction campaign against Iran dates back to the Iran-Iraq War of the eighties. Iran and Zimbabwe are the only countries singled out by Britain by a unilateral sanctions regime. All other nations embargoed by the UK are in line with sanctions issued by the United Nations, the European Union or the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe. — (menareport.com)
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