Egypt 'ordered 30,000 grenades from North Korea'

Egypt 'ordered 30,000 grenades from North Korea'

The ship travelled to the Suez Canal (Stock image)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Egypt ordered more than 30,000 grenades from North Korea last year, but the plan was foiled by America at the last minute, according to reports.

A report by the United Nations claimed it was the “largest seizure of ammunition in the history of sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea."

A ship carrying the goods was found by US intelligence in 2016. It tracked the vessel which left North Korea and headed straight towards the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, The Times of Israel reported.

The US reportedly informed Egypt that the ship, bearing Cambodian colours, was en route, meaning that when it arrived in its waters it was met by customs officials.

Weapons had allegedly been placed underneath iron ore in an attempt to hide them, in crates with a private Egyptian company name. There were more than 24,000 grenades and materials for a further 6,000, it was reported.

It appeared that they may have been destined for the country's army but Egypt claimed it followed all UN Security Council resolutions.

However an investigation by the United Nations claims that the weapons had been ordered by businessmen in Egypt and designated for military use.

The Washington Post claims the rocket-propelled grenades deal was partly what caused the Trump administration to delay military aid in Cairo.