Not that Iran’s nuclear program is anything but peaceful, of course. Everyone knows that. “Banned cargo on way to Iran held in UAE,” by Simeon Kerr and Najmeh Bozorgmehr in the Financial Times (thanks to Larwyn):
The United Arab Emirates has impounded the cargo of a vessel bound for Iran after discovering that “hazardous materials” aboard contravened UN sanctions placed on the Islamic republic to curtail its nuclear development programme.
In a further ratcheting up of the UAE’s determination to curb misuse of its ports, an official there confirmed that the cargo, detained for testing last month, contained materials banned by UN Security Council resolutions 1737 and 1747, while the purchaser of the materials had also been barred by the same resolutions.
But he declined to identify the contents of the cargo or the Iranian company that had ordered the materials.
The UAE’s move comes amid a broader tightening of control over Iranian business interests that have for decades existed in the emirates, mainly Dubai.
“The UAE wants to be seen to take action as they haven’t been so proactive in the past on, for example, dual-use materials,” says Neil Patrick, analyst for the International Crisis Group, a non-governmental organisation….