Panama Intercepts Weapons on North Korean Ship in Canal

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    This isn't good news for Cuba and North Korea; North Korean ship detained enroute from Cuba to North Korea carrying undeclared weapons:

    Panama finds 'undeclared weapons' on North Korean ship - World - CBC News

    There is a picture from Twitter from Panama's president showing some sort of weapons system in a container:
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    Looks like some sort of missile system, but can't tell what it is.
     
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    Update: This is getting more serious, with both Cuba and North Korea in big trouble now with UN inspectors arriving onsite in Panama... MiG-21 fuselages, engines, SAM radars, missiles, all hidden in containers under bags of sugar, supposedly under a 'repair contract'. I don't think that will fly with the UN or anyone.

    BBC News - Seized N Korean ship: Panama finds two MiG jet fuselages

     
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    Err... what exactly is Panama or the UN going to do to either Cuba or NK?
     
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    More sanctions on North Korea, and UN sanctions placed on Cuba, beyond ostracizing both nations from the international community, if they haven't been already. Further scrutiny of North Korean and Cuban trade as well, with possible authorization to inspect North Korean and Cuban ships and aircraft anywhere around the world to look for weapons.
     
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    Trade? What trade? Cuba is already sanctioned by the US, and NK by everyone but China. UN sanctions aren't going to happen as long as Russia and China have veto.
     
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    and even if they do sanctions are more or less a tap on the wrist.
     
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    It won't help Cuba's case, with trying to get sanctions lifted or even eased by the US. The Cubans would love to have the US sanctions dropped or eased even further, but being caught red-handed transporting weapons to North Korea (even under the pretense of 'maintenance') won't help their case.
     
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    Update to this story. Seems Cuba and North Korea have some more explaining to do:

    Panama says Cuban weapons aboard North Korean ship were in perfect condition to operate

     
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    Well, we all new that the "military equipment to be repaired," was a falsehood to begin with.

    This stuff was buried under 10,000 tons of sugar and not on the manifest. It was hidden.

    The Migs and the engines are not in need of repair.

    Now, two aircraft with nine engines and a few anti-air missile systems are not a huge help to North Korea, so you have to ask yourself why they would risk it?

    Maybe I was a test run to see if they could get away with it, and then send more weapons later?

    Maybe they were planning to sell them to someone else from North Korea? Who knows?
     
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    Who in the world is so sanctioned and isolated that they have to buy vintage fighters from the Cubans and use North Korea as a PO box?

    seriously I have no idea other then maybe the Central African republic.
     

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