Secret US missile cargo bound for S. Korea busted

Posted on December 22, 2011


A ship heading to South Korea and China from Germany has been impounded in a Finnish port after a shipment of dozens of American Patriot anti-aircraft missiles and explosives was found aboard.

­On board the British bulk carrier Thor Liberty, Finnish customs found 69 surface-to-air Patriot missiles and 160 tons of picrite explosives, being carried under the guise of fireworks.

The ship was detained on December 15 but the news of its volatile contents only leaked on Wednesday.

The shipment was believed to be en route to South Korea. The consignee of the explosive cargo is a private individual.

The logistics company moving the shipment insists the arms and explosives got on board the Thor Liberty “by mistake”.

The Thor Liberty moored in the Finnish port of Mussalo in Kotka on December 13 to pick up a load of wood on its way to China and South Korea, when it attracted the attention of Finnish law enforcement, reported Finnish Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen, who called the incident ‘abnormal’.

The Minister said the detained ship would be allowed to proceed on its way after Christmas, when it will be granted permission to leave by the Finnish Ministry of Defense.


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