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Turkey: No weapons on Iranian plane
Turkey: Nothing unusual found in cargo of Iranian plane en route to Syria; according to earlier reports, Turks stopped plane for fear it was carrying arms, nuclear components

False alarm? An Iranian plane that stopped in Turkey en route to Syria did not carry any unusual cargo, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Wednesday afternoon.

 

According to earlier reports, the Turks stopped the plane on suspicion that it was carrying weapons and nuclear components.

 

"We gave the Iranian plane advance permission to pass through Turkey en route to Syria," the Foreign Ministry said. "The agreement was that it will land for an inspection. We did not spot anything unusual in the plane's cargo and allowed it to continue."

 

A news agency said earlier thatTurkey has ordered a cargo plane carrying arms from Iran to Syria to land at a southeastern Turkish airport.

 

Dogan news agency said the plane landed in the city of Diyarbakir on Wednesday.

 

Turkey's foreign ministry could not immediately confirm the report and military authorities were not available for comment.

 

A senior security official in Ankara said that army forces searched the plane for weapons and items used for the production of nuclear weapons.

 

The report came a day after commandoes raided a vessel loaded with arms en route to Gaza, which Israel believes was sent by Tehran. It was halted 200 miles from Israel's shore.

 

 


First published: 16.03.11, 12:36
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