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Originally posted by oozyism
reply to post by RoofMonkey
So what was the outcome, another fake cry? Like Iraq? Luckily no one takes these stories seriously like they did after 9/11. The fear mongers don't control our brains any more, lucky us.
According to the Security Council diplomat, the weapons were carried on an Australian vessel, the ANL-Australia, which was flying under a Bahamian flag. According to an Aug. 14 letter sent to the U.N. sanctions committee, the exporting company was an Italian shipper, Otim, which exported the items from its Shanghai office.
"The cargo manifest said the shipment contained oil-boring machines, but then you opened it up and there were these items," the diplomat said. ANL and Otim officials couldn't immediately be reached to comment.
The sanctions committee replied to the letter earlier this week, informing the U.A.E. it had an obligation to "seize and dispose" of the weapons. The weapons have been offloaded from the ship, and the ship has been released, according to people familiar with the action.
The seizure took place roughly a month ago, according to an Emirati official. It was earlier reported on the Web site of the Financial Times.
The Security Council official said the sanctions committee will conduct its own investigation and is likely to send out letters to all countries who had companies involved in the shipment, including Italy, Australia and France, where the parent company of ANL is based.