Reports: India seizes COSCO vessel carrying parts for nuclear missile

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A COSCO cargo vessel has been detained by Indian authorities for allegedly carrying components for a nuclear missile launcher, according to national and international media.

Reports suggest that Da Cui Yun, a specialized cargo vessel, arrived Deendayal Port, western India, was stopped while en route from China to Karachi, Pakistan, on 3 February 2020.

The International Business Times has reported that Indian customs officials were given a tip-off about the ship.

Once docked, it is believed to have been inspected by nuclear scientists from the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

What they reportedly found was material could be useful in the launch of solid fuel -powered nuclear missiles, which was registered as industrial dryers.

If reports are true then it will be the second time in the recent past that COSCO have been marked out for its carry.

In September 2020 the US censured COSCO for allegedly breaching sanctions placed on Iran, a story Port Technology International (PTI) reported on.

The DRDO have been contacted by PTI for comment.

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