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  • b1g_brothr b1g_brothr Mar 2, 2013 8:00 PM Flag

    OT: Iran Importing Chinese Weapons

    Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
    By ROBERT F. WORTH and C. J. CHIVERS
    An Iranian dhow seized off the Yemeni coast was carrying sophisticated Chinese antiaircraft missiles, a development that could signal an escalation of Iran’s support to its Middle Eastern proxies, alarming other countries in the region and renewing a diplomatic challenge to the United States.

    Some of the weapons that officials said were seized off the coast of Yemen in January, from a dhow seen leaving an Iranian port.

    Among the items aboard the dhow, according to a review of factory markings on weapons and their packing crates, were 10 Chinese heat-seeking antiaircraft missiles, most of them manufactured in 2005.

    The missiles were labeled QW-1M and bore stencils suggesting that they had been assembled at a factory represented by the state-owned China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation, sanctioned by the United States for transfers of missile technology to Pakistan and Iran.

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