Congressional investigators: US Iran export data is a mess

March 4, 2010 21:22


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WASHINGTON — Congressional investigators say sloppy record keeping is making it hard to ensure Iran does not get US military goods it is not supposed to get.

The Government Accountability Office said Thursday it is tough to know whether sanctions against sending military items to Iran are being followed. The sanctions allow only humanitarian goods for export to Iran.

Lawmakers asked for the review following an Associated Press investigation. The AP found a dramatic rise in US exports to Iran under President George W. Bush.

That included military rifles, though the Bush administration said the weapons actually went to Iraq. The investigators are calling for better documentation to make sure the sanctions are followed.

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