Iran faces nuclear smuggling charges

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WASHINGTON—U.S. authorities disclosed charges and sanctions against operators of an alleged smuggling network that was accused of purchasing millions of dollars in equipment for Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

U.S. and Turkish intelligence agencies have spent years probing what U.S. officials say are sanctions-busting front companies for Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization, which oversees that nation’s missile program.

The companies imported materials and equipment to Turkey from Europe and the U.S., taking advantage of more lenient export rules that apply to Turkey as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to U.S. officials.

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