more imperialist piracy on the high seas
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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
Yemen Says Missiles Part of Korean Deal
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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
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,"
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.