Soda Supply Held Hostage by Sudan?

Drop the Genocide Talk or Else, Says Ambassador

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This is the weirdest thing I've read all week. According to the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, John Ukec Lueth Ukec, the Sudanese ambassador to Washington, held an unhinged press conference in which he denied that people are being killed in his country and threatened to ... well, I'll let Milbank relate it:

"I want you to know that the gum arabic which runs all the soft drinks all over the world, including the United States, mainly 80 percent is imported from my country," the ambassador said after raising a bottle of Coca-Cola.

A reporter asked if Sudan was threatening to "stop the export of gum arabic and bring down the Western world."

"I can stop that gum arabic and all of us will have lost this," Khartoum Karl warned anew, beckoning to the Coke bottle. "But I don't want to go that way."

There's even video.
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