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Scuds found on ship off Yemen

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posted on Dec, 10 2002 @ 05:36 PM
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pentagon officials said Tuesday that U.S. military weapons specialists have found at least a dozen Scud missiles aboard a ship stopped en route from North Korea several hundred miles off the coast southeast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean.

Scuds are the type of ballistic missiles that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein used to attack both Saudi Arabia and Israel during the Persian Gulf War.

But U.S. officials said there is no belief that the ship was headed to Iraq. They said there was every suggestion it was headed to the Horn of Africa.

U.S. intelligence had been monitoring the ship since it left North Korea several days ago headed for the Arabian Sea region, officials said.
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posted on Dec, 10 2002 @ 08:25 PM
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maybe they really are part of an axis of evil



posted on Dec, 10 2002 @ 08:43 PM
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NK has been known for selling these Scuds on the black market to countries such as Yemen and Egypt. They're almost as bad as the Iraqi's.



posted on Dec, 10 2002 @ 09:12 PM
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A pity the thread's been spolit on this one as it's rather interesting. I must admit I was intrigued at the release of this information - Spanish ships actually did the interception -at just this time.
Plainly this ship will have been monitored from the moment it left port in either N.Korea or, possibly, China - by the S.Koreans, the Japanese and no doubt by satellite. Interesting that it was decided to stop the ship where it was stopped.
Now it is well known that the N. Koreans sell such hardware -it's basically an updated WWII V-2; but still a nasty device - to all manner of nations: Pakistan springs to mind, and if this is simply a military sale it's hard to see what anyone can do about it.
I don't see pressure on N. Korea as the issue: they really don't give a d**n and they have nothing to lose. I am guessing it was meant to tie in with Saddam's dossier and with the very peculair business in Kenya a few days ago.




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