SKorea seizes suspect missile cargo for Syria

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 11:34 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. diplomats say South Korea has reported the seizure of cargo from a Chinese freighter that can be used to produce ballistic missiles and was reportedly made in North Korea and destined for Syria.

The diplomats say the seizure of the 445 graphite cylinders from the Shanghai-registered Xin Yan Tai in May was reported to the U.N. Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea. The sanctions bar the country from importing or exporting nuclear and missile technology.

According to the diplomats, China briefed the sanctions committee on the seizure on Oct. 24, but the committee wants additional information on those involved in the shipment.

The diplomats spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the reports and meetings are private.

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