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EXPORTER CONVICTED

A Korean-American businessman caught in a U.S. Customs sting operation was convicted Friday in Newark, N.J., of conspiring with a British arms dealer to smuggle 500 quarter-ton bombs of deadly nerve gas to Iran. Juwhan Yun, owner of Komex International Corp., a Summit, N.J., exporting firm, was acquitted of attempted possession of Sarin, an obsolete but lethal nerve gas. But after 12 hours of deliberations over three days, the jury found him guilty of conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act. Under new federal sentencing guidelines, Yun faces up to 51 months in prison if U.S. District Judge H. Lee Sarokin finds that Sarin is a "sophisticated" weapon. The judge, who scheduled sentencing for July 13, could give him as little as seven months.