Cuba: Hey, Other than All the Missiles, that North Korean Ship Was Mostly Loaded with Sugar!
July 17, 2013 - 1:53 pm
Rogue states kiss kiss.
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that it sent missiles and other military equipment to North Korea aboard a ship that was seized by Panamanian government authorities.
In a statement, the Cuban ministry said the ship, the Chong Chon Gang, and its 35-member crew were detained.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that said vessel sailed from a Cuban port to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, mainly loaded with 10,000 tons of sugar,” the statement said.
The military equipment included 240 metric tons of “obsolete defensive weapons,” including two anti-aircraft “complexes.”
The air defenses were descrsibed as “Volga,” the export version of the Soviet-era SA-2 surface-to-air missile systems, and the “Pechora,” the expert version of the SA-3.
Nine missiles, two Mig-21 aircraft, and 15 motors for the jet were included “to be repaired and returned to Cuba,” the statement said.
“The agreements subscribed by Cuba in this field are supported by the need to maintain our defensive capacity in order to preserve national sovereignty,” the statement said.
U.S. officials said the shipmenet violates U.N. Security Council resolutions that prohibit arms shipments to North Korea. The sanctions were imposed on North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests.
If it was all on the up and up, why were the weapons hidden under the sugar? Why did the captain try to kill himself? Why did the crew revolt?
Curious that Secretary of State John Kerry hasn’t commented on any of this.