Conflict & Justice

Cuba Says Weapons Hidden in Sugar Shipment Were Just Bound for North Korea for Repair

The Cuban government admits that it hid weapons in a shipment of sugar bound for North Korea.

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But the Cubans say the weapons were obsolete and were on their way to North Korea for repair.

The ship with sugar and weapons on board was detained by authorities in Panama.

Anchor Marco Werman discusses the seizure with Robert Kelly, a foreign policy expert at Pusan National University in Seoul, South Korea.

Kelly says the drama surrounding the seizure is unusual.

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    Bags labeled "Cuban Raw Sugar" are seen inside a North Korean flagged ship "Chong Chon Gang" docked at the Manzanillo Container Terminal in Colon City July 16, 2013. Panama detained the North Korean-flagged ship from Cuba as it headed to the Panama Canal and said it was hiding weapons in brown sugar containers, sparking a standoff in which the ship's captain attempted to commit suicide. Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli said the undeclared weapons were detected inside the containers when Panamanian authorities stopped the ship, suspecting it was carrying drugs. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso (PANAMA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS) - RTX11OQA

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    A long, green missile-shaped object is seen inside the North Korean flagged ship "Chong Chon Gang" docked at the Manzanillo Container Terminal in Colon City July 16, 2013. Panama detained the North Korean-flagged ship from Cuba as it headed to the Panama Canal and said it was hiding weapons in brown sugar containers, sparking a standoff in which the ship's captain attempted to commit suicide. Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli said the undeclared weapons were detected inside the containers when Panamanian authorities stopped the ship, suspecting it was carrying drugs. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso (PANAMA - Tags: CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTX11ORJ

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    A green missile-shaped object is seen inside the North Korean flagged ship "Chong Chon Gang" (REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

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