Egypt Purchased Weapons from North Korea

(Washington Post) Joby Warrick - In August 2016, the Cambodian-flagged freighter Jie Shun was detained en route from North Korea to the Suez Canal, carrying more than 30,000 North Korean-made rocket-propelled grenades under bins of iron ore. A UN investigation has now uncovered that the buyers were the Egyptians. U.S. officials said the Jie Shun episode was one of a series of clandestine deals that led the Trump administration to freeze or delay $300 million in military aid to Egypt over the summer. Delivery of the rockets was foiled only when U.S. intelligence agencies spotted the vessel and alerted Egyptian authorities through diplomatic channels - essentially forcing them to take action.

2017-10-02 00:00:00

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