Silence in Cuba on North Korean Ship Detained in Panama

Weapons shipment seized in transit through Panama

The Chong Chon Gang ship.  Photo: IHS Maritime
The Chong Chon Gang ship. Photo: IHS Maritime

HAVANA TIMES — Panamanian police seized military equipment, including missiles, on board the North Korean ship trying to cross the Panama Canal en route from Cuba, announced Monday the country’s president, Ricardo Martinelli, reported dpa news.

The president told Radio Panama on Monday night there had been a suspicion that the ship, the Chong Chon Gang, bound for North Korea, was carrying drugs, so it was retained to verify their cargo.

After the start of the search operation by armed police officers, the ship’s captain attempted to commit suicide amid a mutiny of the sailors, according to the official report. In the ship’s hold was also 220,000 quintals of sugar.

Martinelli said that the waterway is administered by Panama as “a canal of peace and not of war”, noting that the transport of undeclared war weaponry will not be allowed.

So far officials have not ruled Cubans.

10 thoughts on “Silence in Cuba on North Korean Ship Detained in Panama

  • July 19, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Which has nothing to do with terrorism, since NK is not a terrorist state. Cuba may be breaking the ban on arms trade with NK, but that has absolutely nothing to do with terrorism, so it should not be a reason to keep Cuba in that specific list.

    Is a very simple and straightforward reasoning except to people that see the world in black an white and think that enemy state = terrorist state. Is not and that kind of reasoning is simply flawed. And dangerous.

    Is the same stupidity that resulting in charging the surviving Boston marathon bomber with using a WMD. It perverts the meaning of the word and trivializes its use making it a common day occurrence and not the epitome of evil that should be fought by any mean available.

    Here is your link:

  • July 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    We are likely never to learn the truth about the origin and intended ultimate destination of these war materials. What we DO know is exactly what you said. To try to hid this ancient crap under bags of brown sugar points to the amateurish nature of the transaction.

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