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Panama finds MiG fighter jets on N. Korean arms ship
MSN News ^ | 7/21/2013 | Lomi Kriel

Posted on 07/22/2013 1:16:33 PM PDT by RainMan

Investigators in Panama have found two MiG-21 fighter jets in cargo containers aboard a North Korean ship carrying weapons from Cuba.

COLON, Panama — Panamanian investigators unloading the cargo of a seized North Korean ship that carried arms from Cuba have found the two MiG-21 fighter jets the Cuban government had said were on board, the government said Sunday.

Alongside the two supersonic planes, originally produced by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, officials found two missile radar systems on board the Chong Chon Gang, President Ricardo Martinelli told reporters in the Atlantic port of Colón.

The discovery, which included cables and electrical equipment, was made inside containers on the ship Panama had feared might contain explosive material. None was found.

After stopping the vessel bound for North Korea last week, Panama revealed it had found weapons in the cargo hold late Monday. In response, Cuba said the shipment contained a range of "obsolete" arms being sent to North Korea for repair.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cuba; fighter; mig21; migs; nkship; northkorea; notbreakingnews; panama; smuggle
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To: RainMan
B L O C K A D E ...... C U B A!!!
21 posted on 07/22/2013 2:35:33 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: F15Eagle

Hmmm... so planes wear prophylactics on their “probes” too, eh?

22 posted on 07/22/2013 2:53:48 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Uncle Miltie
If it was from Coobaa, that MiG-21 was probably one of a group of late-model MiG-21 PFM's ("Fishbed Juliette") that were shipped to the Cubans by the Soviets about 1971/2.
23 posted on 07/22/2013 3:14:52 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: RainMan

No wonder the captain tried to commit suicide when they searched the ship.

24 posted on 07/22/2013 5:45:59 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham; LS; kristinn

What most people are missing, because they are stupid, is that this is all part of the current Spy Games.

MiGs, you see, aren’t a banned munition or armament. Heck, civilians can purchase them on the open market without so much as a permit.

In fact, everything on that old rust bucket NK ship...packed in sugar (the irony of which our CIA will never grasp because our CIA is stupid) legal.

Now, the fact that everything on the NK ship is legal won’t, at first, mean anything to most Americans.

...but here’s the deal:

#1: the Russian FSB pranked our CIA two weeks ago by leaking that Snowden was on the Bolivian President’s airplane. Except, he wasn’t. And after publicly stating that he wouldn’t down aircraft to get Snowden, 0bama tried doing exactly that. The Bolivian President’s jet was re-routed and ordered to land in Europe where it was inspected against the diplomatic protests of Bolivia’s President! Embarrassing.

To this day our stupid CIA still doesn’t get the joke.

#2: the Russian FSB leaked that this NK rustbucket ship was carrying long-range missiles for North Korea. Except, it wasn’t. Instead of banned missile tech, it was packed with half-century old junk.

To this day our stupid CIA still doesn’t get this joke, either. Embarrassing.

#3: in two more weeks, the Russian FSB will prank our CIA again...and our stupid CIA will fall for it. Again.

This will continue until *finally* someone in the CIA or NSA realizes that some of their data-mining (e.g. PRISM, PRIIMUS, others) is being spoofed for sport.

Until then it will be diplomatic faux pas after FUBAR after faux pas after FUBAR internationally for the U.S.

...because our CIA is stupid.


25 posted on 07/22/2013 5:46:01 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

You only said that because it is true. It is hard to watch our nation die.

26 posted on 07/22/2013 6:38:39 PM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Southack

Truthspeaker bump!

27 posted on 07/22/2013 8:01:10 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: Don Corleone
I wonder when they will find the cyanide ampules that MUST be on that illegal cargo ship for each North Korean soul who rode on it.

In the event something like this happened and they were compromised.

Their SOP is mass suicide when corner, caught or arrested. Like the man/woman pair of bombers on KAL some years ago, only she apparantly did not bite down hard enough and Bahrain officials could wrestle the cyanide laced tobacco out of her mouth in only left a burn mark.

I would take away any DPRK cigarettes from the crew and have them searched from head to toe, and put in Panamanic prison garb, to prevent any suicides. Eventually one of them will "talk". Some enticement money could see to that. I wonder how savvy Panama is to these "realities". Perhaps somebody should tell them.

28 posted on 07/22/2013 9:38:26 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Kim Jong Un won't have a single "bad underwear day" unless/until we've a patriot in the White House)
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To: Sooth2222

I think Red Bull had a MiG.

29 posted on 07/22/2013 9:39:33 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel


MiG fighters from the 1950’s? betcha. They’re not worth the sugar they were packed in.<<<<<

With proper avionics suite and good missiles it is still a match for F-16s, especially older versions.

30 posted on 07/23/2013 4:18:52 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

As a fighter, it’s not worth much. As a manned cruise missile delivering a nuke/chem/bio package...

31 posted on 07/23/2013 4:28:49 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Hold the pig steady)
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