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Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 16:17 GMT
In pictures: Missile ship seized
Spanish warships operating in the Arabian Sea as part of efforts to combat international terrorism intercept a ship found to be carrying a secret cargo of Scud missiles and missile parts believed to have come from North Korea.

The So San
US intelligence had been tracking the unflagged So San on its journey towards Yemen, officials said.

Spanish sailors point their rifles at the So San
After the US said it might be carrying an illegal shipment, Spanish warships started to intercept it.

Cabling on the So San's mast on fire
Warning shots were fired but the vessel, under a North Korean captain, refused requests to stop.

Marines descend by rope onto the So San's deck
Helicopter-borne Spanish marines descended by rope onto the deck...

Marines group on deck
... and took control of the vessel in what the Spanish authorities are calling a brilliant operation.

Boarding party also arrive on a launch
None of the crew were injured as the vessel was intercepted.

Sacks of cement cover secret cargo containers
Beneath cement sacks, a secret consignment of 15 Scud missiles was revealed .

So far unidentified equipment from the So San
MIssile parts, drums of chemicals and other, unidentified items were also uncovered.

North Korean-produced Scud-B missile on display
North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes have caused deep concern to the US.

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 ON THIS STORY
The BBC's Bob Berry
"There is nothing to link this cargo to Iraq"
The BBC's Frank Gardner
"These are long range missiles which can carry nuclear, biological or chemical warheads"
Aiden Foster Carter, Leeds University
"North Korea would sell anything to anyone"
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