Iranian-American charged with trying to buy surface-to-air missiles for Tehran

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Macedonian soldiers fire a Russian-made IGLA ground-to-air missile during a live fire exercise in 2008.


By Mike Brunker and Richard Esposito
NBC News

A dual citizen of Iran and the United States has been charged in federal court with trying to obtain hundreds of surface-to-air missiles for the Iranian government in violation of restrictions on technology sales to Tehran.

 Reza Olangian is charged with two counts of conspiracy to acquire and transfer the missiles and two counts of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act — a 1977 law that authorizes the president to restrict trade with foreign powers deemed to pose a threat to the United States — in an indictment unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.