December 22nd, 2011
09:21 AM ET

Source: Patriot missiles found on ship are legal

Patriot missiles found on a ship bound for Asia were being sent legally, a source told CNN Thursday.

Finnish authorities had discovered and seized the shipment for investigation.

The weapons were being sent to South Korea, a customs official familiar with the case told CNN.

"The exporters had all necessary permissions, including an export authorization and a special authorization for the export of war weapons," the source said. "The ship departed from the German port of Emden."

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  1. avg Joe

    Sounds like the patriotic thing to do. The more Patriot missiles the more patriots.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paki

    Maybe you could use some Patriot missiles to make some patriots in Pakistan during your next airstrke in self defense of America.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Phildo

    Well, it's all good if its LEGAL!

    December 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Where can I buy some?

    December 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Have your credit card handy.

      December 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    I'm not sure what this is about. Did the shipment just get stopped because someone didn't fill out the right paperwork? If so, BORING. Or are they saying that someone forgot to share information with Finland? If so, oops. If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would say this is a way of telling NK that SK is prepared for missile attacks. If so, why bother? Why not just issue a news release that Raytheon has just sold patriot missiles to SK? I'm so confused. Maybe a cool drink of rum will clear things up.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • loveliberty

      The missiles were bound for China................NOT SOUTH KOREA ...........and IF they WERE legit...........Why ship them in cardboard boxes labelled "fireworks"?................Answer... They were the PRICE Obama paid to get the Chinese to go along with Iranian sanctions.....................treason

      January 17, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    With all due respect, in view of recent events, south korea is going to need all the help it can get!

    December 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tcr c2

    Raytheon would more than likely sell to a government agency than they would sell to south korea, how else would they get them out of the us! Customs would be notified of the shipment inspect and allow them to go so if they fell into the wrong hands that would be piracy or dealers(illegal) that would be responsible for that

    December 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Glenn

    On a Chinese ship??

    December 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    This sure sounds like a cover up.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ Glenn, it didnt say it was a chinese ship it just said a ship headed for asia.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • loveliberty

      The ship(MS Thor Liberty) was headed to Shanghai with Patriot missiles

      January 17, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |