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Panama stops North Korean ship carrying missile material from Cuba
AFP via Fox News ^ | July 16, 2013

Posted on 07/16/2013 7:24:45 AM PDT by don-o

Panama stopped a North Korean vessel that President Ricardo Martinelli said had sailed from Cuba and tried to illegally sneak suspected sophisticated missile material through the Panama Canal.

"The world needs to sit up and take note: you cannot go around shipping undeclared weapons of war through the Panama Canal," Martinelli said, noting that the ship had been inspected to rule out drugs and was found to have other cargo of greater concern.

"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," on the Atlantic coast of the country, the president said on Radio Panama on Monday.

"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 stressed, describing a dramatic scene in which he said the ship's captain tried to kill himself.

"The captain has tried to commit suicide, and the crew also rioted," when police moved in, Martinelli said. "So we are holding this vessel for further investigation."

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cuba; cubanorthkorea; northkorea; obamafail; panama

1 posted on 07/16/2013 7:24:45 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Whoa. Good catch.


2 posted on 07/16/2013 7:26:25 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SueRae

Time for another sternly worded letter.


3 posted on 07/16/2013 7:28:17 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

“..sophisticated missile equipment...” from Cuba?????

What did they pack it in, a 1953 Chevy frame?


4 posted on 07/16/2013 7:31:45 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: don-o

Would these missiles be 50-60 years old by now? Of course, they won’t have to fly far to hit Seoul.


5 posted on 07/16/2013 7:36:01 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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To: don-o

More info:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3043520/posts


6 posted on 07/16/2013 7:37:01 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: OrangeHoof

Who knows what the Russkies may have stashed there over the years?


7 posted on 07/16/2013 7:37:44 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Pan_Yan

Sorry. Did a search and did not find it. Diff title and all.


8 posted on 07/16/2013 7:38:57 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Names please...Woo Flung Dung or Ikotsertitsoff?


9 posted on 07/16/2013 7:56:22 AM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: don-o
I wonder how much of this stuff they don't catch.
10 posted on 07/16/2013 8:19:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: don-o
Sorry. Did a search and did not find it. Diff title and all.

No need to apologize. Different articles with different information. I was just cross referencing.

11 posted on 07/16/2013 8:19:47 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: OrangeHoof

Probably the missiles are new and are from Iran, being shipped through VZ and transhipped through Cuba to N K.


12 posted on 07/16/2013 8:23:07 AM PDT by livius
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To: don-o

Sounds a little like the plot for Forstchen’s “One Second After.”


13 posted on 07/16/2013 8:23:25 AM PDT by Antioch (Benedikt Gott Geschickt)
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To: don-o

Kinda makes ya wonder how many they missed....


14 posted on 07/16/2013 9:12:08 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: b4its2late
how many they missed....

And how long they have been missing them.

15 posted on 07/16/2013 9:15:14 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: OrangeHoof
Would these missiles be 50-60 years old by now?

That's assuming they are left over from the 60's.

It is just as likely they were manufactured more recently, and Cuba was only the middle-man.

It will be very interesting to determine the origin. I strongly suspect this is a SCUD. The question is whether the Russians will admit who they sold it to.

16 posted on 07/16/2013 9:26:39 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: don-o
the ship's captain tried to kill himself

Might as well since he's probably got a bullet waiting for him in Pyongyang.

17 posted on 07/16/2013 9:59:20 AM PDT by JCBontheloose
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To: JCBontheloose

He should only hope for a bullet.


18 posted on 07/16/2013 11:10:46 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: justlurking

Picture here:

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread959450/pg1

Looks SCUD like.


19 posted on 07/16/2013 11:18:31 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: mad_as_he$$

That pic is just a part of a fire control radar.

Electronics. Pretty tame.


20 posted on 07/16/2013 12:02:18 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack
Yup. I was trying to remember the old Desert Storm pics of SCUD controls and to the best of my memory that is the radar antenna that was mounted on the aux truck (as I recall). The story did say “missile parts....” so I guess that falls into that category. Most Soviet stuff from that era looks about the same.
21 posted on 07/16/2013 12:08:40 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: don-o; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Obama is looking for his own Cuban Missile Crisis moment so he can appear presidential, just before Orlando is wiped off the map.


22 posted on 07/16/2013 12:45:00 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: don-o

“The world needs to sit up and take note: you cannot go around shipping undeclared weapons of war through the Panama Canal...”

Yeah! You need to send them to your ENEMIES via the US Air Force, funded by the US Taxpayer as our _Resident does!

*SPIT*


23 posted on 07/16/2013 1:17:10 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Thank you Diana!


24 posted on 07/16/2013 4:32:22 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: don-o

Cuber and dee Norks are being swneekey....


25 posted on 07/16/2013 4:53:58 PM PDT by Shady (Creed of the PC Police: You're guilty when we say you are...)
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To: don-o
Update: USA Today so link only.

It appears the seized weapons shown in the released photos were the radar portion of an SA-2 assembly.

26 posted on 07/16/2013 6:05:39 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: don-o

I thought that China was exerting a lot of influence over Panama Canal shipping since Carter backed us out of there. It would make sense that China would not be interested in Korea unilaterally beefing up its nuclear program.


27 posted on 07/16/2013 10:10:04 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: don-o
Looking for drugs? lol!

I think it's far more likely that Hussein's spying discovered it and the Panamanians tipped off. Either way, good catch.

28 posted on 07/16/2013 10:24:27 PM PDT by South40
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To: justlurking

It isn’t a SCUD. The images released show parts of the Fan Song radar system that guides SA-2 surface to air missiles. Remember the types that shot down U-2s over Cuba and Russia? Cuba has just announced that they were sending the systems to North Korea for repair.

http://theaviationist.com/2013/07/16/north-korea-ship-panama/#.UeZc8I3VCSo


29 posted on 07/17/2013 2:15:04 AM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: don-o

Profiling!

The crew obviously should’ve just refused to roll down their window when they pulled into the canal checkpoint.

What was the probable cause? Did a drug dog alert on the poop deck?

Where are the libertarians decrying this terrible imposition of LAW and ORDER over the constitutional rights of the crew who were obviously subjected to an illegal search and SEAsure?

When shipping Missile Parts is outlawed - only Outlaws will have Missile Parts!

Or something.

/s.


30 posted on 07/17/2013 5:20:47 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: don-o

This is definitely a no no re the post Cuban missile crises, re what Cuba can’t do.

Time for the CIA/NSA to use drones to take care of the Castros and their immediate thugs.


31 posted on 07/17/2013 8:50:32 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Having a discussion with liberals is like shearing pigs. Lots of squealing & little fleece!)
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To: don-o

Yes, for sure....


32 posted on 07/17/2013 9:26:08 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: don-o

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3044100/posts

Panama Canal Missile Seizure Shows Cuba Remains A Threat
Investor’s Business Daily ^ | 16 July 2013 | Editorial

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:12:44 AM by IBD editorial writer

National Security: Cuba, long derided in international policy circles as a basket case and no threat to the U.S., has been caught smuggling weapons of war to North Korea in blatant violation of U.N. sanctions. This is a wake-up call. Sharp-eyed Panamanian authorities, watching the North Korean freighter Chong Chon Gang since June, received intelligence it might be shipping illegal drugs, something it had been caught doing before. As the vessel lumbered into the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal from Cuba, Panamanian authorities cornered the 450-foot rust-bucket, battled a maniacally violent crew who slashed ship lines to make it hard to unload the ship, and then watched as the ship’s captain tried to kill himself before having a heart attack. After subduing the crew, the Panamanians found no drugs buried beneath sloppily packed brown sugar, but did find defensive RSN-75 “Fan Song” fire-control radar equipment for SA-2 surface-to-air missiles. The discovery, and the crew’s behavior, were signs of something big the North Koreans didn’t want known — weapons smuggling, a violation of both United Nations sanctions prohibiting all sales of weapons to North Korea and Panama’s own laws governing the canal.


33 posted on 07/17/2013 10:26:47 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Having a discussion with liberals is like shearing pigs. Lots of squealing & little fleece!)
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To: don-o

Does a Chinese company still own the Panama docks?


34 posted on 07/17/2013 11:30:18 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Kim Fat Thing - has had problems getting the GOOD STUFF since Dear Ronery Father, Kim Mentally Il, died... Just more evidence of this... Chinese want to make mischief, but not too much mischief... They were most likely the ones involved in the stoppage...


35 posted on 07/17/2013 2:50:31 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: BigEdLB

That would be just like the Middle Kingdom.


36 posted on 07/17/2013 10:10:32 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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