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French Freighter intercepted by Germans in Egypt carrying Nuclear Material
fox news ^ | 4-26-03 | fox news

Posted on 04/26/2003 12:46:25 PM PDT by putupon

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Germany; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aluminum; aluminumrods; aluminumtubes; aluminumtubing; centrifuge; centrifuges; china; egypt; eygypt; france; hugh; iaea; nkorea; northkorea; nuke; serieal; series; smuggling; tubes; tubing; veyseries; warlist; wmd; wot
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1 posted on 04/26/2003 12:46:25 PM PDT by putupon
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To: putupon
Now THIS could be very interesting.
2 posted on 04/26/2003 12:47:29 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: putupon
I heard it, too. It will be interesting to hear the explaination, won't it?
3 posted on 04/26/2003 12:47:54 PM PDT by Iowa Granny
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To: xm177e2
THIS OUTTA BE GOOD!
4 posted on 04/26/2003 12:48:31 PM PDT by Smogger
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To: putupon
Quelle surprise!
6 posted on 04/26/2003 12:50:12 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: putupon
The captain has been arrested. Aluminum rods, destined for China...all mentioned. Not many details yet.
7 posted on 04/26/2003 12:50:31 PM PDT by blam
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To: putupon
I think we need to send weapons inspectors to france
8 posted on 04/26/2003 12:51:42 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: putupon
I am utterly shocked this is being carried by even Fox.

9 posted on 04/26/2003 12:51:45 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (God Reigns!)
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To: putupon
BTTT
10 posted on 04/26/2003 12:52:26 PM PDT by yonif
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To: putupon
This doesn't make any sense. French? Germans? 'splain this to me.
Anyone?
11 posted on 04/26/2003 12:56:27 PM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: putupon; dennisw; dighton
Axis of Ouisels ping.
12 posted on 04/26/2003 12:56:39 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal (| 8^)
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To: putupon; *war_list; W.O.T.; Dog Gone; Grampa Dave; blam; Sabertooth; NormsRevenge; Gritty; ...
From where?

OFFICIAL BUMP(TOPIC)LIST

13 posted on 04/26/2003 12:57:26 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Thinkin' Gal
Love your ping pun!

Leni

14 posted on 04/26/2003 12:57:51 PM PDT by MinuteGal (THIS JUST IN ! Astonishing fare reduction for FReeps Ahoy Cruise! Check it out, pronto!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
From where?

French Freighter intercepted by Germans!....

Fallout between Franch and Germany?

So many questions!
15 posted on 04/26/2003 12:58:50 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: seamole
Now ain't this just interesting! Can't wait to hear this explanation---ah, BS!
16 posted on 04/26/2003 1:00:15 PM PDT by countrydummy
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Maybe Germany still has a shred of decency within it, and is finally going to come around to the right side? If this ship thing is a big deal, it could help create a rift between France and Germany.
17 posted on 04/26/2003 1:00:56 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: putupon
Of course, they are sending this to Iran. The recent De Villepen trip to Iran no doubt solidified this deal.

I simply adore how peaceful the Frogs are! Nuclear proliferation will surely make that troubled region more
tranquil.

The Frogs are disgraceful! Every person in that country should feel profound shame!
18 posted on 04/26/2003 1:02:07 PM PDT by faithincowboys
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To: putupon
Why would Germans intercept ships in Egypt?
19 posted on 04/26/2003 1:02:08 PM PDT by Cachelot (~ In waters near you ~)
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To: putupon
I heard this, too.

At this point, it isn't clear at all, what is going on.

Is it "nuclear material" or aluminum rods?

Is the material owned by interests from Germany (originating company) or France (shipper) or China (presumed receiver) or N. Korea (broker)?

Where does Egypt fit in, if at all? What jurisdiction does Germany have, in an Egyptian port, over a French vessel?

It appears Germany is trying to do the right thing (or to appear so).

20 posted on 04/26/2003 1:02:22 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Iowa Granny
I don't understand....Germans intercept a French ship where??
21 posted on 04/26/2003 1:02:29 PM PDT by Dog (We are witnessing Historic Days-- -- - - - President George W. Bush - - - April 24, 2003)
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To: xm177e2

I hope it's a French backstab. They will have a 1000 year boycott on their hands.

22 posted on 04/26/2003 1:03:18 PM PDT by Jhoffa_ (Sammy to Frodo: "Get out. Go sleep with one of your whores!")
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To: thegreatbeast
Maybe this, though it doesn't mention Egypt:

German businessman allegedly involved in nuclear shipment to North Korea

The director of a German company suspected of supplying aluminium tubes for North Korea's nuclear programme has been taken in for questioning. Prosecutors confirmed the move following a report in the weekly news magazine Der Spiegel which said that 22 tonnes of aluminium tubes were loaded onto a French ship in Hamburg earlier this month. The shipment, officially on its way to China, was stopped by German authorities. Aluminium tubes can used to produce enriched uranium. During talks with the United States and China on Thursday, North Korean officials reportedly admitted that the country has nuclear weapons.

23 posted on 04/26/2003 1:03:20 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: putupon
verrrrrrry interestink
24 posted on 04/26/2003 1:03:49 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
That sounds about right...
25 posted on 04/26/2003 1:04:48 PM PDT by Dog (We are witnessing Historic Days-- -- - - - President George W. Bush - - - April 24, 2003)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
confusing to say the least. Why Germans inspecting a French ship in Egypt on its way to China but manifest for N. Korea? Sounds like a joke. Like: If Russia attacts Turkey from the rear, would Greece help. LOL
26 posted on 04/26/2003 1:04:50 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: nicmarlo
Someday the truth will out about the French. Until then, they are NOT innocent until proven guilty.
27 posted on 04/26/2003 1:05:34 PM PDT by Peach
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To: putupon
Well Well, this could be interesting.
28 posted on 04/26/2003 1:05:51 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: thegreatbeast
This doesn't make any sense. French? Germans? 'splain this to me.

The only thing I can figure is the Sour Krauts saw a face saving ticket out of the axis of weasels. Maybe we even gave them the ticket. Wouldn't it be funny to see the Frogs isolated? ;-}

29 posted on 04/26/2003 1:06:15 PM PDT by putupon (I smack Chirac ,and Schroeder too, with my stepped in dog squeeze shoe.)
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
WOW.......if the French government knew that ship was headed to NK with those tubes.......this could get real good!
30 posted on 04/26/2003 1:06:34 PM PDT by Dog (We are witnessing Historic Days-- -- - - - President George W. Bush - - - April 24, 2003)
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To: Peach
Until then, they are NOT innocent until proven guilty.

Nope, too many dots already to connect.

31 posted on 04/26/2003 1:07:17 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: TheRedSoxWinThePennant
I think we need to send weapons inspectors to france

Inspections don't work, we need occupation troops in France.

So9

33 posted on 04/26/2003 1:08:28 PM PDT by Servant of the Nine (We are the Hegemon. We can do anything we damned well please.)
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To: Dog
Where are you getting your news updates.
34 posted on 04/26/2003 1:09:00 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Thinkin' Gal
Axis of Ouisels ping.

SNAGGED! For the tag depot!

35 posted on 04/26/2003 1:09:12 PM PDT by Axenolith (Watch it, you don't want to getcher tie caught in that fan be... GEEUURKK!)
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To: putupon
French Frieghter intercepted by Germans in Eygypt carrying Nuclear Material

Has Admiral Doenitz re-materialized from a ghost U-boat?

36 posted on 04/26/2003 1:09:58 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: putupon
Is this HUGH ? :-)
37 posted on 04/26/2003 1:10:46 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (POW/MIA - Bring 'em home, or send us back! Semper Fi)
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To: Peach
That's the basis for Napoleanic law.
38 posted on 04/26/2003 1:12:23 PM PDT by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
That explains it. The Germans could interdict a ship that was carrying materials it's own citizens illegally sold or transferred. The US probably would've done the same if it caught illegal shipments of technology to China (if the fix hadn't already been in).
39 posted on 04/26/2003 1:12:28 PM PDT by pragmatic_asian
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To: Dog
But why would that be? Their just missle body parts.</Sarcasm>

Kind of sounds like Germany was told where those troops we have to keep in Iraq are coming from.
40 posted on 04/26/2003 1:12:33 PM PDT by Kadric
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To: Husker24; The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
Perhaps see post #23 and the link there!
41 posted on 04/26/2003 1:12:35 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: truth_seeker
Egypt bought 24 missiles from north korea,(on the news months ago)and want to start the uranium mines on the sinai,egypt want material for some bombs too,

now someone try to fit that with the news of the ship,because egypt needs the equipment to purified the uranium.

42 posted on 04/26/2003 1:16:54 PM PDT by green team 1999
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To: sparky samson
I don't think they [the Germans] are as arrogant as the frenchmen

Arrogance requires a "something lighter" in the attitude than Germans are wont to have. Hence, the thinnest book in the world: Four Hundred Years of German Humor.

43 posted on 04/26/2003 1:18:55 PM PDT by GretchenEE (Notice my German name (product of a "mixed" [only half-German] marriage)
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To: putupon
Germans intercepting the French? Hah. Talk about double back stabbing...
44 posted on 04/26/2003 1:21:39 PM PDT by BrooklynGOP
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To: Dog
Starting to sound like good solid competition. Germans wanting some make-up points with U.S. with marks against the French. Never mind Germany's shipment of sodium cyanide to NK in Feb. on the same ship that took the NK scud missles to "Yemen".
45 posted on 04/26/2003 1:24:55 PM PDT by AMNZ
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To: putupon
Suspect nuclear-related shipment to NKorea intercepted: report

The German government has intercepted a shipment of German-made aluminium tubes probably destined for use in North Korea's nuclear programme, according to a German magazine.

The weekly magazine Der Spiegel said in its issue due to be published on Monday that 22 tonnes of aluminium tubes, essential in the manufature of enriched uranium, were loaded onto a French ship in Hamburg in early April just as German federal vetoed the shipment.

The German government alerted the French authorities, who ordered the ship's captain to unload the containers in Egypt.

Officially the tubes were on their way to a Chinese aeronautics company, but according to Der Spiegel Berlin believes this company was a front for North Korea.

The German firm's business contact was a North Korean national, it said.

The paper said the head of the German company, called Optronic and which is based at Koenigsbronn in southern Germany, had been detained for questioning.

The prosecutor's office in Stuttgart confirmed it had opened an investigation into a local firm suspected of contravening foreign trade regulations, but gave no further details.

On Thursday, in the first direct high-level contact between the United States and North Korea since the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear programme erupted last October, North Korea confirmed it possessed nuclear weapons.

Suspect nuclear-related shipment to NKorea intercepted: report

46 posted on 04/26/2003 1:26:00 PM PDT by knak
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To: BrooklynGOP
Maybe the Nazis were POed @ the Vichys for saying they wanted to end the Oil for Food UniversalNitwits sanctions the other day.
47 posted on 04/26/2003 1:28:15 PM PDT by putupon (I smack Chirac ,and Schroeder too, with my stepped in dog squeeze shoe.)
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To: knak
Thanks
49 posted on 04/26/2003 1:32:30 PM PDT by putupon (I smack Chirac ,and Schroeder too, with my stepped in dog squeeze shoe.)
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To: putupon
If the French were smuggling something and they were about to be stopped by the US, what better plan to mitgate damages than to have a friendly nation intervene before the US could.
50 posted on 04/26/2003 1:34:24 PM PDT by VRWC_minion (Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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