Latest about the pirates in the Arabian sea

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at
Wed Dec 11 09:45:32 MST 2002

Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 16:14 GMT
Legal row over Scud seizure

Yemen's protest to the United States over the interception of a North Korean
ship carrying Scud missiles highlights the legal problems involved in
blocking suspect arms shipments to the Middle East.
Yemen told the US ambassador to Sanaa that the missiles were destined for
the Yemeni army "for defensive purposes" and would "not fall into the hands
of a third party".
The interception - by Spanish warships acting on US intelligence - took
place in international waters, about 960 kilometres (600 miles) off the
Yemeni coast.
It would have been much harder if the ship had actually reached port.
Ben Sheppard, a defence analyst at Jane's Information Group, says the US and
its allies have gone to great lengths to curb missile proliferation.
But such interceptions are "very much in a grey area" in international law.


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