The United Arab Emirates has impounded a vessel bound for Iran to verify whether chemicals found aboard contravene United Nations and UAE regulations.It is, of course, all the U.S.'s fault that her neighbors mistrust Iran's peaceful intentions.
The move, which Iranian analysts say is causing concern in Tehran, comes as tighter international sanctions close their grip on the Iranian financial system, with the UAE - a vital trade partner for the Islamic republic - becoming more active in attempts to rein in Iranian business interests.
UAE-Iran trade rose to $12bn (€8.1bn, £5.8bn) last year, with Dubai's re-export hub the single most important entry point for goods coming into Iran.
In September the UAE, a strong US ally, introduced an export control law to prevent traders using the country to transport materials that could be used in, for example, nuclear weapons or explosive devices used against allied troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The impounded vessel was offloading goods at Dubai's huge Jebel Ali port, one of the main gateways into Iran.
"We need to make sure it abides by a new export law passed a few weeks ago. [We] have to make sure items are in line with our laws and abide by existing resolutions," said a UAE official source.
The test results are due to come back in a "matter of days", he said. The authorities had intercepted other vessels and would continue to do so as "normal procedure", he added.
Friday, November 30, 2007
The rather incredibly named "Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran" (that's "Iranian dupes" "Iranian Front Group" or CASMII for short)takes note UAE detains ship as grip on Iran tightens: