Seized ship inspected for second time at Kakinada port

New Delhi: The seized North Korean ship was on Monday inspected for the second time for any trace of nuclear material after it reached Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh.

During its preliminary probe, a team of nuclear scientists from Kalapakkam ruled out prima facie any existence of any "CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear) traces" in the ship, which was earlier inspected at Port Blair where it dropped anchor off Hut Bay island on August six without permission.

However, a final scientific test would again be conducted after the ship carrying nearly 3.30 lakh gunny bags of sugar weighing 16,500 metric tonnes would be off-loaded from MV Mu San, official sources said.

The scientists had conducted a test for CBRN in Port Blair but found nothing in the ship carrying 39-member crew, including a North Korean government official.

During the initial round of questioning of the captain, made possible with the help of a local interpreter in Andaman and Nicobar Island, it emerged that the ship was on its way to Iraq after loading sugar in Thailand, they said.

The journey of the ship to Iraq raised suspicion among security agencies as the US would not have hired a North Korean ship for transporting anything to Iraq after the UN imposed sanctions on it in June this year following conduct of nuclear tests on May 25 this year.

Bureau Report