Yemen denies selling Scud to Libya

Dec. 10, 2003 at 6:10 AM
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SANAA, Yemen, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Yemen said it did not sell North Korean Scuds to Libya or mediate any arms deal between the two countries, regarded by the United States as rogue states.

An official source quoted in the Yemeni News agency said Spanish press reports alleging Yemen delivered a shipment of Scud missiles to Libya last year were wrong.

"The shipment from North Korea is the property of the Yemeni armed forces and was not delivered to any other party," the source said.

The Spanish daily El-Mundo said Tuesday the shipment of 15 Scud missiles, which Madrid intercepted in the Indian Ocean last December, was delivered to Libya, not Yemen.

Yemen bought the missiles from North Korea at the cost of $15 million with the approval of the U.S. administration, which regards Sanaa as a main partner in the global war against terrorism.

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