United Arab Emirates seized Iran-bound ship with North Korean arms

United Nations – The United Arab Emirates this month seized a cargo ship bound for Iran with a cache of banned arms from North Korea, the first such seizure since sanctions against North Korea were ramped up, diplomats and officials said Friday.

The seizure was carried out in accordance with tough new U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

Diplomats identified the ship as a Bahamian-flagged cargo vessel, the ANL Australia, and said it was carrying rocket-propelled grenades and other arms. The diplomats and officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

The United Arab Emirates, a hub for Iranian goods, seized the ship several weeks ago. The Bahamas is a common country of registry for vessels, but it wasn’t immediately clear who owns the ship or where it is based.


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