Turkey confiscates weapons aboard Iranian plane bound for Syria.
The Iranian Embassy in Turkey denied that its plane was forced to land in Turkey but refused to comment further on the issue. The Iranian news agency Fars quoted Embassy officials as saying that "the landing of the place was previously coordinated" and that it was in line with "normal procedures."
The plane is the second Iranian plane stopped within a week by Turkish authorities. They forced another Syrian-bound Iranian plane to land in Diyarbakir on March 16. The Turkish daily Aksam reported that the planes were forced to land on a request from the United States on suspicion that they carried "nuclear material and weapons". Malaysian authorities recently confiscated materials used to manufacture atomic weapons aboard a Chinese cargo ship headed towards Iran.
A UN Security Council resolution bans the supply, trade or transfer of any arms and related material from Iran to all states. Any transfer and procurement of weapons from Iran is a breach of international obligations under a UN resolution. The Turkish government says it routinely searches Iranian cargo planes flying over Turkey.
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|Publication:||The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Date:||Mar 23, 2011|
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