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LATEST NEWS: UAE Seizes North Korean Weapons Shipment to Iran

UAE Seizes North Korean Weapons Shipment to Iran (Update2)
By Bill Varner

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The United Arab Emirates has seized a ship carrying North Korean-manufactured munitions, detonators, explosives and rocket-propelled grenades bound for Iran in violation of United Nations sanctions, diplomats said.

The UAE two weeks ago notified the UN Security Council of the seizure, according to the diplomats, who spoke on condition they aren’t named because the communication hasn’t been made public. They said the ship, owned by an Australian subsidiary of a French company and sailing under a Bahamian flag, was carrying 10 containers of arms disguised as oil equipment.

The council committee that monitors enforcement of UN sanctions against North Korea wrote letters to Iran and the government in Pyongyang asking for explanations of the violation, and one to the UAE expressing appreciation for the cooperation, the envoys said. No response has been received and the UAE has unloaded the cargo, they said.

The UAE and Iranian missions to the UN didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The Financial Times reported the weapons seizure earlier today.

The Security Council voted on June 12 to adopt a resolution that punishes North Korea for its recent nuclear-bomb test and missile launches through cargo inspections and enforcement of restrictions on financial transactions. The measure calls for the interdiction at seaports, airports or in international waters of any cargo suspected of containing arms or nuclear or missile-related materials going to or from North Korea.

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Iran is under three sets of UN sanctions for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a process to isolate a uranium isotope needed to generate fuel for a nuclear power reactor or, in higher concentrations, to make a weapon.

Iran denies allegations by the U.S. and some of its major allies that it seeks an atomic weapon or the means to build one, insisting the nuclear work is intended to generate electricity.

U.S. President Barack Obama has said the Iranian government must respond by late September to his request for new talks on curbing its nuclear program. Iran last month said work is under way on proposals that may provide the basis for renewed talks.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bill Varner at the United Nations at [email protected]
Last Updated: August 28, 2009 19:22 EDT


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ohhhh fuck. Here we go.

For the record, from what I've seen of their nuke program, it's most certainly set-up for weapons. It's very possible (and cheaper) to use non-enriched uranium for power generation.

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two stories mashed together here, I assume for sensationalism?
One about a load of traditional weapons being stopped, that is a big deal on it's own. These countries always deny they are sending weapons, so proof is good to back up the sanctions.

The nuclear story has nothing to do with it, assuming it was just thrown in there to make people think they were related somehow?


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almost certainly just to sensationalize. And to draw association between the weapons and nuclear stuff. As a guy that was in the nuke industry I don't like to see that, but the press will always sensationalize. Anything they can do to give the impression of them having nuclear weapons without actually saying it.

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two stories mashed together here, I assume for sensationalism?
One about a load of traditional weapons being stopped, that is a big deal on it's own. These countries always deny they are sending weapons, so proof is good to back up the sanctions.

The nuclear story has nothing to do with it, assuming it was just thrown in there to make people think they were related somehow?
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almost certainly just to sensationalize. And to draw association between the weapons and nuclear stuff. As a guy that was in the nuke industry I don't like to see that, but the press will always sensationalize. Anything they can do to give the impression of them having nuclear weapons without actually saying it.

Yeah, definitely guys, the press can't seem to keep focused on one issue but rather pad the hell out of it. I was going to chop the brief and just show the weapons info, but what the hell. Best part is their middle east brothers confiscated them.


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