Turkey suspects nukes on Iranian plane, finds other banned weapons headed to Syria – media

Turkish authorities suspecting nuclear arms on board an Iranian cargo plane bound for Syria found less lethal weapons and ammunition, however still fall under a UN resolution, Turkish daily Milliyet reported on Tuesday.

The plane was forced to land in Turkey on Sunday on suspicion it was carrying illegal weapons or bomb-making materials to Syria.

Turkish authorities found rocket launchers, mortars, rifles, explosive materials and other illegal ammunition, according to the daily.

Turkish authorities have so far declined to comment the newspaper’s information.

This is the second time in a week Turkish authorities have forced an Iranian plane to land for an inspection. A similar case occurred on March 15, but no suspicious material was found.

Aksam newspaper reported that Turkey has been grounding Iranian planes for inspection since June 2010, in terms of NATO requirements which Turkey is a party of.

The United States has repeatedly warned Ankara about the possibility of carrying explosive materials or weapons to Syria on Iranian aircraft in violation of UN resolutions.

ANKARA, March 22 (RIA Novosti)

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