Thursday, 1 August 2013

Arms smuggling another reason to doubt North Korean sincerity

Panamanian investigators discovered two MiG-21 fighters, 15 engines for MiG-21 fighter jets and five military vehicles in the cargo of a seized North Korean freighter Chong Chon Gang carrying arms from Cuba, Reuters reported July 31...Inspectors also uncovered two SA-2 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), two SA-3 SAMs, and nine missiles "in parts and spares,"... The ship was seized July 16...Pyongyang has been known to assist pariah regimes in the past and the freighter likely found assistance from Cuba...Unsurprisingly, shipping such denied weapons questions Pyongyang seriousness about negotiating peacefully...While the discovered arms on the North Korean-flagged ship are obsolete tactically, the smuggling of such weapons deeply threatens international security...The discovery will increase scrutiny on the hermetic regime and could limit any planned easing of sanctions on North Korea.

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