WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) - A Canadian-Iranian dual citizen was sentenced in the United States to three years in prison for violating sanctions against Iran, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

Ali Reza Parsa, 45, a resident of Canada, pleaded guilty in January in U.S. District Court in New York and was sentenced on Friday, the department said in a news release.

"Over the course of six years, Parsa repeatedly violated export control laws and aided Iranian entities in procuring high-tech electronic components that have both commercial and military uses," Assistant Attorney General Carlin said.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh) ((eric.beech@thomsonreuters.com; 202-898-8319; Reuters Messaging: eric.beech.reuters.com@reuters.net))