French Firm Probed in Move of Pumps to Iran
Byline: Bill Gertz, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
U.S. export-control officials are investigating a French company suspected of illegally supplying Iran with four specialty pumps made in the United States that can be used in both commercial and military equipment, The Washington Times has learned.
Treasury and Commerce department officials fear the pumps, described as cryogenic fluid transfer pumps, are being used as part of the cooling system for Iran's nuclear reactors, which can be used to produce weapons-grade material.
"That's the immediate concern," a Commerce Department official said. Export of the pumps is controlled because of their military capabilities.
The Treasury and Commerce departments are probing whether the French firm Technip-Coflexip in January diverted the pumps it purchased for a project in Iran to …
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