Australia probes shipment of banned North Korean weapons to Iran

August 30, 2009 07:49

Australian authorities are investigating whether Australian law was broken after an Australian-owned ship was seized in the United Arab Emirates carrying North Korean weapons bound for Iran, an official said Sunday. Shipping Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed that the UAE found banned North Korean weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades, headed for Iran on the Australian-owned, Bahamas-flagged cargo ship ANL Australia. Albanese told Nine Network television that Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or DFAT, was investigating whether Australian laws enforcing UN sanctions against North Korea and Iran had been breached. "We take our obligations under the UN Security Council resolutions seriously," he said.

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