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Old 01-01-2004, 06:34 PM   #21
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Haha!!! I found this in a little blurb in my paper as well this morning....Why isn't this making national headlines?

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Old 01-02-2004, 10:48 AM   #22
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[Q]Libyan nuclear cargo was loaded in Dubai


BERLIN - Uranium enrichment components found on a German ship headed for Libya but seized in a US-led operation had been loaded in Dubai for an Asian company, Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily reported Friday.
Seizure of the cargo sparked speculation that it sealed Tripoli's surprise decision last month to publicly renounce weapons of mass destruction. US officials, while confirming a freighter was diverted after intelligence reports that it was shipping centrifuge parts, have so far refused to specify the equipment's country of origin or the Gulf port where it was loaded.

However, the Sueddeutsche daily identified the port as Dubai and also said British businessmen were involved. It did not name its sources. The unidentified Asian company declared a false cargo, it added.

Neither the crew nor the shippers - the Germany-based firm, BBC Chartering and Logistic GmbH - knew that the real cargo was components for a centrifuge capable of enriching uranium.

They have been cooperating well with authorities, the paper added, quoting German government sources.

The seizure was made in October, US authorities announced Wednesday, after the ship was diverted to an Italian port for searching. US State Department spokesman Adam Ereli did not want to comment on whether it had been the key impetus in convincing Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi to give up weapons of mass destruction.

He noted that it occurred months after Kadhafi initiated secret talks with the United States and Britain on giving up such arms. But he also pointed out that, after the seizure, Libya agreed to let US and British experts inspect its weapons facilities.


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