Confiscated Nork arms shipment headed for Iran


A shipment of weapons from North Korea seized by Thai authorities last month were headed for Iran, according to a confidential report the Thai government sent to a U.N. Security Council committee.

Thai authorities seized more than 35 tons of arms from a cargo plane they said had come from North Korea, and arrested its five crew members after the aircraft made an emergency landing at a Bangkok airport in December.

The report to the Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee, seen by Reuters on Saturday, said the shipment included rockets, fuses, rocket launchers and rocket-propelled grenades.


I think both Iran and North Korea were in violations of UN arms embargoes. Since Iran produces most of its weapons, it is likely that it wanted these to use in terrorist operations outside the country so they could deny responsibility. Being the largest state sponsor of terrorism requires some stealth, I suppose.


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