Men Accused of Exporting Nuclear Supplies to Iran

By Phillip Yu

Sihai Cheng of China and Seyed Abolfazl Shahab Jamili of Iran allegedly plotted between 2009 and 2011 to send transducers ordered from MKS Instruments Inc. in Andover, Massachusetts, to Eyvaz Technic Manufacturing Co., a Tehran-based business that has previously supplied parts to Iranian nuclear facilities. 

Cheng allegedly plotted with coconspirators at MKS Shanghai, a Chinese subsidiary of MKS in Andover to set up companies to pose as the intended recipients of the materials. Cheng then allegedly redirected the materials to Iran once they were shipped to China. 

While Iran urges that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, Cheng’s indictment maintains that currently U.S. sanctions ban the export of any goods, technology, or services from the United States to Iran.