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North Korean Ship Seized With Missile Parts

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A picture of the alleged missile parts found onboard a North Korean merchant ship by Panamanian officials tweeted by President Ricardo Martinelli.

A picture of the alleged missile parts found onboard a North Korean merchant ship by Panamanian officials tweeted by President Ricardo Martinelli.

A North Korean flagged ship was seized by Panamanian authorities for allegedly transporting missiles from Cuba, according to a Monday radio interview with president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli.

Panamanian officials searched the merchant vessel Chong Chon Gang on Friday and uncovered the alleged missile components.

“We had suspected this ship, which was coming from Cuba and headed to North Korea, might have drugs aboard so it was brought into port for search and inspection,” Martinelli said.
“When we started to unload the shipment of sugar we located containers that we believe to be sophisticated missile equipment, and that is not allowed,” Martinelli said.

Martinelli tweeted a picture of the alleged equipment on Monday.

He said the ship’s captain attempted to commit suicide and the ship’s crew attempted to resist Panamanian authorities.

The merchant ship “aroused suspicion by the violent reaction of the captain and the crew from Friday afternoon,” Panama’s Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino said during the radio interview.

According to press reports, the ship has been sidelined at Panama’s Manzanillo container port pending further investigation.

  • Scott Cheney-Peters

    Reportedly the crew also rioted and the ship’s captain tried to commit suicide: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/07/201371662915540217.html

  • Marcd30319

    North Korea unilaterally abrogated the 1953 armistice. It is time we re-institute a naval blockade.

  • John Double

    Just looking at their pitiful military almost makes me almost feel bad about the regime.
    Perhaps we ought to stop paying attention to the middle east for awhile,and start negotiations with china to finally put down this sickly dog?

    I consider South Korea to be one of our greatest success of our military.
    Its a shame that the Korean war vets are almost completely ignored by the media.
    Perhaps it’s time finish the Job,and liberate the North Koreans?