Lawmakers want probe of US exports to Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two House Democrats are asking congressional investigators to examine U.S. exports to Iran to see whether approval procedures are being abused.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Howard Berman of California and committee member David Scott of Georgia on Monday asked the Government Accountability Office for the review. They say they are reacting to an Associated Press report earlier this year that chronicled a more than tenfold increase in the dollar value of exports to Iran during President Bush's time in office.

The AP found cigarettes, bull semen, military apparel and a range of other goods went Iran's way from 2001 through last year. They were sent under agricultural, medical and humanitarian exemptions to U.S. sanctions on Iran.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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