Government contracts go to U.S. firms doing business in Iran

Despite a U.S. push to convince allies to support a schedule of sanctions against Iran that would strictly prohibit Western companies from doing business with Iranian firms, records reveal that a variety of foreign and multinational companies companies that receive U.S. government contracts work actively with Iran. Nearly $15 billion in government contracts went to companies that broke with U.S. sanctions law in order to develop Iranian energy reserves, a sector largely maintained by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps -- the primary target of new sanctions proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama.

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