Myanmar denies allowing in restricted weapons from DPRK

12:59, June 12, 2010      

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Myanmar has denied some past allegations over allowing in restricted weapons from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to local media Saturday.

An allegation, that a DPRK cargo ship Kang Nam-1 carrying weapons was heading towards Myanmar as reported by some media in June 2009, is groundless which was based on presumption with the intention to put political pressure on Myanmar, rejected a press statement of the Foreign Ministry carried in Saturday's official daily New Light of Myanmar.

Responding another allegation that Myanmar violated the 1874 resolution of the United Nations Security Council for allowing shipment of restricted items into the country, referring the docking at Myanmar Port by DPRK ship Chong Gen in April this year for loading and unloading normal cargo, the statement refuted the accusation, saying that it was normal commercial activities involving importation of cement which is an unrestricted item, and exportation of 10,000 tons of rice.

The statement recalled that after resumption of diplomatic ties with DPRK in April 2007 after over 20 years of break-off, Myanmar has been engaging in developing bilateral trade relations with DPRK.

According to the statement, Myanmar provided 1,500 tons of rice in May 2008 and sold 10,000 tons of rice to DPRK which were exported in series of shipments.



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