Terrorists can move n-weapons via cargo containers: Mehta

Terror organisations can use cargo containers to transport nuclear weapons into the country using the sea route...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 19, 2009 1:23 am

Terror organisations can use cargo containers to transport nuclear weapons into the country using the sea route,Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta has said. Raising concerns about the security of ports in the country,Mehta has said that containers are the most likely means to smuggle in nuclear weapons.

“It has been acknowledged widely that the container would be the most likely means for a terrorist organisation to illegally transport a nuclear weapon,” said the Navy Chief,at the inauguration of a seminar on port security organised by the National Maritime Organisation.

Mehta said that nuclear weapons smuggling is only a part of the port security concerns and systems need to be put in place to ensure that the security of a container is guaranteed by the country of origin.

Speaking in favour of the US-led Container Security Initiative (CSI),the Navy Chief said that such a system needs to be initiated to ensure the security of cargo containers entering a country.

“CSI and Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C TPAT) were put into place after 9/11 considering that more than 50 per cent of the value of all US imports arrived in containers. Today,70-75 per cent of global cargo is containerised,” Mehta said.

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