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S.Korea's Hyundai E&C Cancels $521 Mln Petrochemicals Deal, Cites Iran Financing Failure

File Photo:A general view shows the facilities of a new chemicals plant built by Japan's TOYO Engineering and South Korea's LG International and Hyundai Engineering, in Kiyanly, Turkmenistan October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Marat Gurt
SEOUL, Oct 29 (Reuters)

South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction said on Monday that it scrapped a 595 billion won ($521 million) deal to build a petrochemicals complex in Iran, saying the Iranian customer's ability to fund it had been hit by the prospect of U.S. economic sanctions against Tehran.

In a regulatory filing, Hyundai E&C said the consortium it led for the project's construction canceled the contract on Sunday.

"The contract was canceled because financing is not complete, which was a prerequisite for the validity of the contract, as external factors worsened such as economic sanctions against Iran," Hyundai E&C said in its filing.

From Nov. 4, the United States will re-impose sanctions against Iranian crude oil exports as part of President Donald Trump's efforts to force Tehran to accede to a more restrictive deal on limiting its nuclear and missile programs.

($1 = 1,142.4000 won)

(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Heekyong Yang Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)