Kuwait Seizes Iranian Vessel for Busting Iraq Embargo
Kuwait's coast guard has seized an Iranian ship on suspicion of busting the UN embargo slapped on Iraq for its 1990 occupation of the emirate, the interior ministry said.
The wooden vessel, carrying 360 tons of Iraqi dates and with 14 Iranian crewmembers on board, was seized inside Kuwait's territorial waters on Tuesday, the ministry said, without giving the destination.
Kuwait has so far this year seized 20 vessels and small tankers of various sizes carrying oil and goods from Iraq to the Gulf Arab monarchies.
The seized ships and goods are normally sold at auction. Crewmembers, mostly from the Indian subcontinent, are detained and fined before being deported to their home countries.
Baghdad has been under embargo since its August 1990 invasion of Kuwait and is authorized to export crude only under strict UN control to buy food, medicine and other essential goods -- KUWAIT CITY (AFP)
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