US sanctions Belarusian company for Iran ties

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Tuesday it had imposed sanctions on Belarusneft, a state-owned Belarussian energy company, for its involvement in the Iranian petroleum sector.
The United States suspects Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons under cover of its civil atomic program. Iran denies this, saying its nuclear program is solely to produce energy so that it can export more of its valuable oil and gas.