Pentagon Admits Mistaken Arms Shipment

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Washington (AP) The Pentagon has announced that it mistakenly shipped non-nuclear ballistic missile components to Taiwan from a U.S. air force base in Wyoming.

It said the items have been returned to the United States.

At a news conference, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said Tuesday that the misshipped items were four nose cone assemblies for ballistic missiles. He also said it was sent instead of helicopter batteries that had been ordered by Taiwan, he said.

Wynne said the matter is under investigation.

Ryan Henry, the number-two policy official in the office of defense secretary Robert Gates, said President Bush was notified of the mistake and the actions to recover the items. Henry called the mistake “disconcerting” and intolerable.