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Secret US embassy cables released by Wikileaks show how nations are racing to "carve up" Arctic resources such as oil, gas and even rubies as the ice retreats.
The cables were released by the Wikileaks whistleblower website as foreign ministers from the eight Arctic Council member states - Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland - met in Nuuk, Greenland, on Thursday to sign a treaty on international search and rescue in the Arctic and discuss the region's future challenges.
The cables claim the Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller joked with the Americans saying "if you stay out, then the rest of us will have more to carve up in the Arctic".