Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman is denying reports that a ship detained off Cyprus is carrying Iranian weapons destined for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said Wednesday that Cypriot authorities have inquired about the ship's cargo but accusations that weapons are on board are baseless.
Cypriot Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou said Tuesday that the ship has breached a UN ban on Iranian arms exports but refused to specify what had been found on the Cypriot-flagged Monchegorsk.
Cyprus inspected the Monchegorsk twice after it arrived Jan. 29. The US military stopped the ship last month in the Red Sea and said it found artillery shells and other arms on board. But it could not legally detain the ship.
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