The Good and The Bad British Diplomacy

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According to reports from the AP, Finland has stopped a cargo ship with British flags headed to China after officials discovered 160 tonnes of explosives and 69 Patriot surface-to-air missiles.

It is not clear who was the intended recipient of the weapons, though the next destination was Shanghai.

The boat was stopped in Kotka, southern Finland, because the explosive, nitroguanidine, did not appear to be stowed properly, Reuters reports. Dock workers loading a shipment of anchor chains noticed the weapons and alerted authorities.

Helsinki Times reports that the explosive had been loaded in Germany on the ship, known as the Thor Liberty, and the ship is reported to have Isle of Man flags.

Officials told the AP that if the weapons are found to be illegal the cargo will be impounded.

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