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- Carbon fiber is an industrial product that consists of thin fibers made of carbon atoms. Carbon fiber has a wide variety of uses. For example, it can be used in aircraft, missiles, and large telescopes; it can also be used in gas centrifuges for uranium enrichment. Because of this variety of uses, carbon fiber can contribute to the military potential of a given country. Indeed, carbon fiber can be used in the creation of weapons of mass destruction.
- ALI REZA SHOKRI, BEHZAD POURGHANNAD, and FARZIN FARIDMANESH, the defendants, are based in Iran. They have worked to obtain many tons of carbon fiber from the United States; to disguise it; and then to surreptitiously export it to Iran via third countries.