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Chinabased Oil Firm Settles Iran Sanctions Violations, US Says

WASHINGTON � Chinabased Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group Co. Ltd. has agreed to pay more than $2.7 million to settle allegations it did business with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday.

The department cited the company for 11 "apparent" instances of moving oilfieldrelated items such as spare parts, coiled tubing strings and pump sets, and called it "an egregious case" since the Jereh Group did not voluntarily disclose the violations.

Representatives for the company could not be immediately reached for comment.

"The apparent violations involved the exportation or reexportation, and attempted exportation or reexportation, of U.S.origin goods ultimately intended for endusers in Iran by way of China," it said in a notice on its website.

"The Jereh Group also exported certain U.S.origin items with knowledge or reason to know that the items were intended for production of, for commingling with, or for incorporation into goods made in China to be supplied, transshipped or reexported to endusers in Iran," the department added.

Washington has imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs as well as for its alleged human rights abuses.

Source: Voice of America

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