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Nuclear Material Destined for Burma Seized

26 November 2012

Japan intercepted a North-Korean shipment of materials suitable for uranium enrichment or missile development that was headed for Burma, The Asahi Shimbun reported on Saturday. The transport constitutes a violation of a UN Security Council resolution. The shipment included metal pipes and high-specification aluminum alloy bars that were inscribed with “DPRK,” leading Japan to conclude it came from North Korea. The cargo was shipped from China and reached Tokyo Port on Aug. 22, when Japanese customs officials uncovered it. It was destined for Rangoon-based construction company Soe Ming Htike, which the US believes is a front for Burma’s military procurement.