North Korean Weapons Mystery: Is Burma the Missing Link?

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The North Korean arms cargo interdicted in Bangkok seems unlikely to be bound for Burma, despite ties between Pyongyang and the Naypyidaw military junta. Burmese junta strongman Snr-Gen Than Shwe visited Sri Lanka in November, reciprocating a visit made by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in June this year.

The final destination of the cache remains unclear. The crew claim that the airplane was to land in Sri Lanka to refuel, with the Ukraine as a final destination, apparently after the cargo had been dropped off elsewhere. Sri Lankan officials denied any knowledge that the embargo-breaking flight was going to land in that country.

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