North Korean Weapons Shipment to Iran Seized While Another Ship is Being Inspected

August 29, 2009

(ChattahBox) — While North Korea has made some conciliatory gestures of late with the release of two US reporters and agreeing to a family revisiting program with it’s south neighbor behind  the scenes it has been up to it’s old tricks.  It’s now being reported that the United Arab Emirates had seized a ship earlier this month carrying North Korean-manufactured munitions, detonators, explosives and rocket-propelled grenades en-route for Iran in violation of United Nations sanctions.  While no nuclear-related materials were part of the cargo,  the shipment violate the latest U.N. sanctions imposed in response to North Korea’s test of a nuclear device and the firing of six short-range rockets in May.  The seizure  which is the first reported time a nation has acted on UN sanctions to stop North Korean proliferation of weapons, could fuel efforts by the U.S. and other Western nations to push for greater economic sanctions against Iran.  Diplomats identified the seized ship as the ANL Australia, registered in the Bahamas.  While this is the first reported seizure under the new sanctions, another North Korean ship inspected by India in the Andaman islands earlier this week on suspicion of carrying nuclear cargo was escorted to a bigger port under heavy security for further investigations.  The MV Mu San was detained after a more than six-hour chase, but so far a preliminary investigation by nuclear scientists failed to detect any nuclear fuel or material on board the ship.

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One Response to “North Korean Weapons Shipment to Iran Seized While Another Ship is Being Inspected”

  1. Tech on August 30th, 2009 7:17 pm

    I wonder why this is only coming out now. You would think they would have reported this when it happened to strengthen the case against North Korea.

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