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Pacific, Indian Ocean nations gather to discuss maritime security

A multinational seminar on ensuring the freedom of navigation in sea lanes in the Pacific and Indian oceans opened in Tokyo on Tuesday, with officials from 14 countries looking at strengthening their maritime law enforcement capacities. Japanese officials hope that by building stronger ties with countries in strategic locations, the three-day meeting will serve to hold China in check at a time when the country appears increasingly eager to secure its maritime interests.

UPDATE 2-ADM says unwittingly used sanctioned Iran ship in grain trade

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) - Archer Daniels Midland Co said it unwittingly used a vessel controlled by a sanctioned Iranian shipping firm last year to transport grain in what was an effort by Tehran to hide the ship's ownership. The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) has faced Western and U.N. sanctions for years, based on accusations of transporting weapons, a charge it denies.

ADM says unwittingly used sanctioned Iran ship in grain trade

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) - Archer Daniels Midland Co unwittingly used a vessel controlled by a sanctioned Iranian shipping firm last year to transport grain, in what it said was an effort by Tehran to hide the ship's ownership. The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) has faced Western and U.N. sanctions for years based on accusations of transporting weapons, a charge it denies.
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