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US monitoring Iranian warships' Sudan visit

Published on Nov 1, 2012 5:53 AM
Iranian Navy helicopter carrier Kharg (431) is pictured docked at Port Sudan at the Red Sea State, October 31, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) said on Wednesday it was monitoring a visit by two Iranian warships to a Sudanese port this week, but had no details about it.

The warships left Port Sudan on the Red Sea earlier, an AFP photographer said, after a visit that coincided with Khartoum's denial that Iran is making weapons in Sudan.

Acting US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the US was "obviously watching that closely." "We monitor Iran's activities in the region very closely," he added.

Sudan's links to Iran have come under scrutiny after Khartoum accused Israel of sending four radar-evading aircraft to strike the Yarmouk military factory in the heart of the capital Khartoum at midnight on Oct 23.

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