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Japanese company denies violating Reagan embargo

A Japanese steelmaker said its shipment last month of pipe valves to the Soviet Union for the trans-Siberian pipeline does not violate President Reagan's pipeline embargo because no transfer of US technology was involved.

A Japan Steel Works Ltd. spokesman said the licensing agreement with Grove Valve & Regulator Company in Oakland, Calif., expired in 1979, and since then the company has manufactured the products with its own technology.

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In London, US Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger said the US pipeline sanctions were not meant to harm relations with its European allies.