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Containers could be used to transport nukes: Indian Navy chief

RIA Novosti

New Delhi, Feb 18, IRNA -- India's Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta Wednesday said that cargo containers could be used to transport nuclear weapons.

Inaugurating a seminar organized by the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi, he said, "It is acknowledged that the container is the most likely means for terrorist organizations to illegally transport a nuclear weapon and, hence, there is a serious concern about container security."

He said entry of nuclear weapons through containers was only one aspect of the concern of security agencies and these should be scanned thoroughly to ensure 100 percent security.

"Nuclear is only one aspect of it. We have to ensure 100 percent security at ports by scanning them (containers) under X-ray machines. Every country has to accede to it that wherever, whichever port the container leaves from, that country certifies that this container is fully secure," Mehta said.

He said maritime regions were less regulated as compared to traffic on land.

The fear that terrorists would use the sea route to strike became fact on Nov 26 when 10 armed terrorists slunk into Mumbai on boats to begin three days of mayhem that killed some 170 people.

Talking about greater synergy amongst the navy, coast guard and port authorities, the navy chief disclosed that control rooms would be set up in the eastern and western naval command.

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