N Korean shipmemt to Iran seized.
However, when you read further, "weapons" are 14 RPG's. Why would Iran mess around with all the risk and complications for 14 RPG's, something they could buy without risk from their Iraqi Shia brethren for less than $20,000?
They could get them with one phone call in one afternoon, but instead they go to all the trouble of smuggling from N. Korea?
Call me skeptical, but this sounds a bit like a set up. There were alot of hands involved and alot of opportunities at the cargo,
The diplomats said the Australian firm whose ship was seized is controlled by a French conglomerate and the actual export was arranged by the Shanghai office of an Italian company. The diplomats did not name any of the firms involved.
Understand that this happens within the context of the US and Israel preparing to propose even stiffer Iran sanctions.
You might argue this is a test of the route, but it sure does smell like a set up to me.
(PS. Iran actually manufactures an upgraded RPG-7, and an improved version of the US TOW missile.)