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more imperialist piracy on the high seas

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  • thekoba@aztec.asu.edu
    ================= Begin forwarded message ================= Dear Kevin, Yemen at the present time is a strange country. Its leadership is still on good terms
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 11, 2002
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      Dear Kevin,

      Yemen at the present time is a strange country. Its
      leadership is still on good terms with Iraq, it still
      talks like an Arab nationalist country, but it has
      been forced to let the American military overrun them.

      Given that odd situation, I'm not sure what to make of
      the following story. Assuming that the DPRK was
      indeed supplying missiles to Yemen under an arms deal
      between them, obviously the hardware belongs to Yemen.
      I would just hope, though, that the missiles'
      intended purpose was to fight imperialism in some way
      rather than either as materials to plant in Iraq as an
      excuse for a US attack or for use by the Yemeni forces
      acting under US command against anti-imperialist
      insurgents.


      Comradely,

      Eric

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      Yemen Says Missiles Part of Korean Deal
      14 minutes ago Add Top Stories - AP to My Yahoo!


      By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press Writer

      SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - A missile shipment stopped at sea
      by the Spanish navy and then taken control of by the
      U.S. military belongs to Yemen, which demands it be
      handed over, a senior Yemeni government official said
      Wednesday.


      The ship was stopped off the Arabian peninsula Monday,
      and Spanish officials said it was carrying Scud-type
      missiles and other sophisticated military hardware.


      The Yemeni official, speaking on condition of
      anonymity, would not confirm what was in the shipment.



      Spain said the ship was believed to be North Korean
      but was sailing without a flag. The crew apparently
      was North Korean, Spain said.


      The Yemeni official told The Associated Press that
      Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Kerbi summoned U.S.
      Ambassador Edmund J. Hull to protest the seizure of
      the shipment. "The minister informed the ambassador
      that the shipment was bound to Yemen and that the
      missiles were only to be used in defensive purposes,"
      he said.


      The U.S. Embassy had no immediate comment.


      Yemen and North Korea completed a military deal
      several months ago.


      U.S. authorities who had been monitoring the ship
      boarded the vessel after it was halted about 600 miles
      off the Horn of Africa.


      The Spanish navy was participating in the U.S.-led
      anti-terrorism operation in the region.
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