US threatens SL-Wikileaks

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The United States had threatened Sri Lanka in 2009 with costly sanctions if weapons deals were carried out with both Iran and North Korea during the final stage of the war, a secret US cable revealed.

Oslo newspaper Aftenposten, which continues to churn out stories related to the content of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables that the US had intended to keep secret, stated that “any arms purchase contracts entered into by Sri Lankan entities with North Korea or Iran, if implemented, could trigger sanctions against the entities involved under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).”

The Cable dated 08/05/2009 also stated that “Recent intelligence reports indicate that a Sri Lankan company responsible for the acquisition of equipment and services for the Sri Lankan military is negotiating the purchase of RPG-7 Rocket Propelled Grenade Launchers (RPGs) and Multiple Rocket Launchers (MRLs) from North Korea´s primary weapons trading firm.”

Any purchases would have been in violation of UN resolutions against trade with either country, it said.

Sri Lankan officials denied they were in the process of illegal weapon purchases, but the US ambassador in Colombo wasn’t convinced. There was no comment on any deals with North Korea.

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  Comments - 42

  • nimalsiri Wednesday, 05 January 2011 03:31 PM

    you are quite right.

    KHKaru Wednesday, 05 January 2011 03:41 PM

    Don't be sarcastic, LankanLion. Winning the war against VP &Co. aided and abetted by western superpowers (and India too), is no mean feat.

    KHKaru Wednesday, 05 January 2011 04:00 PM

    I'll tell you when that long line will dry up, Rajah. Hypothetically it will be the day China will withdraw her vast amount of money invested in the US economy. A day that will be rejoiced by a great majority of earth citizens.

    desilva Wednesday, 05 January 2011 05:34 AM

    Care to show proof? And some development statistics?

    KHKaru Wednesday, 05 January 2011 04:22 PM

    When Butenis opens her mouth to praise Sri Lanka next time, you can be certain that another WikiLeak is on the way !

    James Wednesday, 05 January 2011 07:45 AM

    yes. also notice how Chinese product are increasing in price. as their economy grows they will no longer be able to be cost effective.
    we are barking because we think we have China to back us. boy are we in for a disappointment....

    Faqi Wednesday, 05 January 2011 07:52 AM

    It appears people who comment here have no clue about world affairs. The USA is still the most powerful country in the world and the worlds largest economy, Most of the other countries depend on the US to purchase their products. The dollar is still the world currency. Go figure ....

    MagodisThuma Wednesday, 05 January 2011 07:54 AM

    Not Well said...
    But Very Well said !.

    LankanLion Tuesday, 04 January 2011 07:31 PM

    We are tiny little "super power"...Now it is the time to face the music...

    David Wednesday, 05 January 2011 08:39 AM

    your comment shows that you are a very knowledgeable man, US totally depend on Indian and Chinese market , when they were under recession, they survived from Chinese money, I advice you to read some financial papers and understand about world economy, did you read about carrier killer ballistic missile system developed by China ? it shows America's super power status have very limited time

    Alien Tuesday, 04 January 2011 07:58 PM

    Don't blame GOSL. They went to purchase weapons from those countries because US and UK didn't want to sell weapons to GOSL. UK and US didn't want to get their puppy VP dead. No we see clearly why MR leaned towards China and Russia. Not because his bad decisions but because he didn't have a choice.

    kumar Tuesday, 04 January 2011 08:17 PM

    Who is Lanka Logistics and Technologies Ltd.?!

    MR 1/2/3 Tuesday, 04 January 2011 08:28 PM

    Hey US jokers ,
    Who cares about US mediated sanctions? Your days have gone forever long ago . Now US is like an old dog without teeth , still barking , but no one taking any notice of it .Mind your own buissness Mr.President .

    Hera Tuesday, 04 January 2011 08:56 PM

    Who cares...?? We can't beg US all the time! NK, Iran and China were helping us with weapons so we were able to finish off the LTTE.

    SL should look for the earliest oppertunity to become Nuclear-powered!! Then only can we teach US and others who SL is!!!!

    wellwisher Tuesday, 04 January 2011 09:36 PM

    Srilanka is not a puppy for USA.We are a democratic country.Why US must interfere with lankan internal issues.Well done President you have acheived with out listening these super powers to create a better future for srilanka with out terrorists.

    Rajah Tuesday, 04 January 2011 09:40 PM

    "Now US is like an old dog without teeth, still barking, but no one taking notice of it"

    Glad to hear it. So when is Gothabaya, Basil, etc. going to relinquish their citizenship from the country(US) with no teeth? Also, when is that long line-up of Sinhalese at the US embassy going to dry up? Why do they want to go to a tooth-less country?

    Fair N Square Wednesday, 05 January 2011 09:46 AM

    Wikileaks put USA, where it rightly belongs. Selfish arrogant crusaders. They are reaping what they sowed.
    Beginning of the end.

    upul Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:10 PM

    That is right. The US goes around the World creating Wars so thet they can have exclusive rights to Arms deals. They don't want any other country on their sales pitch.

    firoz Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:21 PM

    What a joke , they will have to sanction themselves for invading iraq without UN approval. The hyporcricy is apalling,im so happy that they are plummeting down !

    Tom SamUSA Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:29 PM

    Pakses have taken not only the Tamils but the rest of the sinking island to the lo lo land of rajapakistan.

    ranga Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:55 PM

    If the US will ask for Sri Lanka's permission to buy their weapons, Sri Lanka should also reciprocate it as a sign of respect. But until that day Sri Lanka as a sovereign, non-align country should buy anything and everything where ever it feels like.

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 05 January 2011 12:41 AM

    Foolish comments. If US and their alias started a direct weapon support to LTTE, it will be another Vietnam or Pakistan or Afghanistan. US is the largest economy and Chinese economy is mainly dependent on US exports! Countries back by China have a bad economic growth (Burma, Pakistan , Vietnam & North Korea). China is not a good partner in long term!

    damsen Wednesday, 05 January 2011 12:41 AM

    USA.think Sri Lanka purchase military equipment which are not supplied by them to defete terrorism from a country opposed to you.Are we colonial of them?or they do not like tiger being defeted.What is correct?

    Tom SamUSA Wednesday, 05 January 2011 01:17 AM

    Mr123 &hera,
    Have you signed up for green card lottery? Gotti pakse did.

    Kelby Wednesday, 05 January 2011 01:43 AM

    MR and his brothers have fooled you guys. All will come back to haunt you in the near future.

    shameer Wednesday, 05 January 2011 01:45 AM

    US the mad dog.... "Who let this dog out".........

    bash Wednesday, 05 January 2011 02:21 AM

    Bunch of deported criminals from England chased away the red Indians and took their land and called it USA. Look what these guys are doing to whole world now.... They want to change all other cultures and make them USA friendly cultures....

    Aruna Wednesday, 05 January 2011 02:28 AM

    gota's company

    Balanceman Wednesday, 05 January 2011 02:23 AM

    Well said "Hera" !!!

    jsilva Wednesday, 05 January 2011 02:30 AM

    So what you are saying is, that the us is supposed to be the all mighty protector of the world, and they should be obeyed no matter what ? I find this cable highly offensive and infringing on our sovereignty. .

    titan Wednesday, 05 January 2011 02:44 AM

    follow libiya ,gadafis is good example

    Fayad Wednesday, 05 January 2011 02:58 AM

    Entire world will threaten US time to come
    Time will solve all the Hippocratic moves

    Victor Doki Wednesday, 05 January 2011 03:32 AM

    Oh! what a mess wiki?

    Rupasinghe Wednesday, 05 January 2011 04:06 AM

    Thanks Wikileaks.

    Pan Wednesday, 05 January 2011 01:50 PM

    CITIZEN and James
    You guys are daydreaming. China has 600 million people who earn less than 50 rupees a day. Production coast will never go up to US levels in 20 years. There is ample time to turn the tables at the growth rate China maintains now. Reality is that the world economic and political power is shifting, trend has started and there in no turning back in this global economy. Only thing you can do is to take steps to damage control and adjusting to the global economy. It will take lots of sacrifices for American citizens to slowdown the economic erosion. American policy planers understand this. However, they need intelligent political leaders like Clinton. Hope we don't see another republican government in power to drag US into another costly war. That will be the last nail in the coffin.

    Gamaya Wednesday, 05 January 2011 04:41 AM

    No Thanks.. we are happy with what ever we have..We don't want another war..

    nagu Wednesday, 05 January 2011 03:05 PM

    Little by little all the bad things US has done to the world is coming back to them....

    nagu Wednesday, 05 January 2011 03:07 PM

    Dream on....

    nagu Wednesday, 05 January 2011 03:08 PM

    Do you know mostly all of USA's debts has been brought by China....Which means USA is in debt to China......

    channa Wednesday, 05 January 2011 03:10 PM another 50 years probably....

    channa Wednesday, 05 January 2011 03:12 PM

    USA is the fastest declining World more like it...

    channa Wednesday, 05 January 2011 03:13 PM

    Well said....All the USA debt is bought by the Chinese.....

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