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Chinese Ship Remains Stranded Despite Diplomatic Efforts

August 19, 1993

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) _ Arab diplomats tried Wednesday to resolve a standoff between the United States and China over a Chinese ship said to be carrying chemical weapons ingredients to Iran.

In Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, acting Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Seif Saeed Said met separately with U.S. and Chinese diplomats.

The 19,327-ton Yin He was turned away from the Emirates’ port of Dubai on Aug. 3 after U.S. Navy intelligence reports indicated it carried thiodiglycol, used in blister agents, and thionyl chloride, used in mustard and nerve gas.

China denies it, but the United States wants the ship searched.

The Yin He rode at anchor in the Gulf of Oman, after steering away from Iranian territorial waters last Sunday.

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