UAE seized North Korean ship with weapons

Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:36 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The United Arab Emirates seized a ship carrying North Korean arms to Iran in violation of United Nation sanctions, Western diplomats said Friday.

The Bahamian-flagged ANL-Australia was carrying 10 containers of embargoed weapons and other related items, including rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition, UN diplomats said.

The UAE reported the seizure to the UN sanctions committee that monitors the arms embargo against North Korea, a diplomat whose country is on the committee told the Financial Times. The committee has not announced the seizure.

The ship was not seized in the port of Dubai, which is a shipping hub, but no other details were provided to the Financial Times.

The interception of the arms comes after North Korea invited the United States for bilateral talks on nuclear issues. The UN Security Council's western members are also pressing for greater Iranian cooperation on its nuclear program.

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