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Democratic Korea urges Panamanian authorities to let seized ship go

By staff

According to a July 17 report from the Korean Central News Agency, a spokesperson for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Ministry stated, “There occurred an abnormal case in which the DPRK trading ship Chongchongang was apprehended by the Panamanian investigation authorities on suspicion of “drug transport,” a fiction, before passing through the Panama canal after leaving Havana Port recently. The Panamanian investigation authorities rashly attacked and detained the captain and crewmen of the ship on the plea of “drug investigation” and searched its cargo but did not discover any drug. Yet, they are justifying their violent action, taking issue with other kind of cargo aboard the ship.”

The DPRK spokesperson also noted, “This cargo is nothing but aging weapons which we are to send back to Cuba after overhauling them according to a legitimate contract. The Panamanian authorities should take a step to let the apprehended crewmen and ship leave without delay.”

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