Iran FM offers explanation for Nigeria arms shipment
The Iranian FM said on Monday that an arms shipment dispatched from an Iranian port and discovered in Nigeria was heading to a West African state, and the "misunderstanding" had since been cleared up with the African country's authorities. "A private company which had sold conventional defense weapons to another country in West Africa had transferred the shipment via Nigeria which raised some doubts with relevant officials," Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted as saying by AFP.
Mottaki noted an Iranian national who was in Nigeria as the representative of the firm "had offered explanations and I believe the misunderstanding has been cleared."
A few days ago, Nigeria threatened to report Iran to the UN Security Council if the arms shipment, which included rockets and grenades, violated sanctions over its sensitive nuclear plans. Nigeria suspected the arms were directed to Muslim rebels in the country.