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    Re: Cuba confirms arms bound for North Korea on ship seized in Panama

    Expert: UN unlikely to sanction Cuba for North Korea weapons
    Expert: UN unlikely to sanction Cuba for North Korea weapons - Cuba - MiamiHerald.com

    BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
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    Cuba almost certainly will not be sanctioned for violating the United Nations weapons embargo on North Korea, but individuals or enterprises from the island or the Asian country might be designated for punishment, analysts say.
    The U.N. Security Council committee in charge of enforcing the embargo against Pyongyang is to meet Monday to start considering any punishments for Havana’s shipment of 240 tons of weapons to North Korea, seized by Panama authorities in July.

    A panel of U.N. experts reported last week that the weapons, including anti-aircraft missile systems and engines for MIG warplanes, found hidden under 10,000 tons of sugar in the freighter Chong Chon Gang indeed violated the U.N. embargo.
    A study underway of violators of the North Korean embargo over several years found that no government was punished, said Hugh Griffiths, a global arms trafficking expert with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden.
    “The pattern has really been to sanction individuals and entities,” Griffiths said, adding that the SIPRI study has been reviewing the punishments put in place by the United Nations, the European Union, the United States, Japan and Australia.

    “I doubt very much that Cuba would be put under sanctions, based on previous violations,” Griffiths said by phone from Sweden.

    The six-page list of entities sanctioned by the U.N. committee in charge of enforcing the arms embargo lists no countries. The embargo was slapped on North Korea under U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874 for its nuclear weapons program.

    The committee, officially named the 1718 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Sanctions Committee, has three options for handling the Cuba case, according to experts on U.N. procedures.

    It could do nothing at all, and Cuba has lots of allies in the United Nations that would prefer that. Havana escaped sanctions after a panel of U.N. aviation exports faulted its killing of four South Florida pilots over international waters in 1996.

    But in the case of the North Korean embargo “generally speaking there is some action, because to do otherwise would send the signal that the sanctions can be ignored,” Griffiths added.

    The committee could designate individuals or entities as violators, which could lead to the freezing of assets or international travel restrictions. Or it could take technical actions, such as clarifying the weapons and actions covered in Resolutions 1718 and 1874.

    Critics of the Cuba’s communist government have held up the shipment as evidence of its duplicity and alliance with a rogue state, although the Obama administration has largely avoided commenting on the case.

    Havana has defended the weapons shipment based on a narrow reading of Resolution 1718, which in paragraph 8a bans the “direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer” of weapons to North Korea.

    Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, in its only public statement on the case, claimed in August that the “obsolete defensive” weapons aboard the Chong Chon Gang were being sent to North Korea to be repaired and returned to Cuba.

    That arrangement might not qualify as a “supply, sale or transfer,” but paragraph 8C of 1718 also bans any “technical training, advice, services or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use” of weapons going to North Korea.

    Griffiths added that Cuba’s claim that the weapons were to be returned to the island was “not so credible in any case because the shipment showed several different types of anomalies and inconsistencies.”

    A report on the Cuba weapons published by Griffiths in August said the 16 MiG21 engines in the shipment “were securely attached and adequately spaced … covered in layers of protective plastic sheeting and brown paper wrapping” and cradled in improvised transport frames, “suggesting their end use as replacement engines.”

    The shipment also included rocket propelled grenades and artillery shells, some of it “in mint condition … and much of it was in original packing cases,” it said. “They clearly were not ‘to be repaired and returned to Cuba.’ Rather, these items were intended simply for delivery to North Korea for its own use.”
    Don’t be surprised that the UN will end up doing basically nothing to punish the Castroit dictatorship for selling military weapons to North Korea's tyrannical dictatorship.

    Panama should sanction the Castroit regime for this blatant attempt to circumvent international sanctions against the brutal tyrannical regime of North Korea. It could denied passage to suspect ships going to, or coming from the island of Dr. Castro, or by a thorough stem to stern search of any suspicious ship with the island on its itinerary.

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    Re: Cuba confirms arms bound for North Korea on ship seized in Panama

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    This guy has to win an award for resuscitating threads nobody has any interest in discussing anymore. Seriously, necromancy is frowned upon even on the internet.
    Yet here you are posting in this "necromantic" thread. How do you explain that?
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    Yet here you are posting in this "necromantic" thread. How do you explain that?
    Pointed it to the mods is all
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    Re: Cuba confirms arms bound for North Korea on ship seized in Panama

    Must Read: U.N. Releases Report on Cuba-North Korea Illegal Weapons Trafficking Capitol Hill Cubans: Must Read: U.N. Releases Report on Cuba-North Korea Illegal Weapons Trafficking


    The U.N.'s Panel of Experts ("Panel") has released its official report on North Korea's illegal trafficking of weapons, in conjunction with Cuba's Castro regime.

    In July 2013, a North Korean flagged vessel, Chong Chon Gang, was intercepted carrying weaponry from Cuba hidden under 200,000 bags of sugar.

    According to the report, such weapons trafficking remains "one of [North Korea's] most profitable revenue sources."

    The report also documents North Korea's efforts to sell weaponry to Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, Myanmar and other countries of concern.

    In the case of Cuba, it's the first time a nation in the Western Hemisphere is found in blatant violation of U.N. sanctions.

    Moreover, the report notes similar Cuba trafficking patterns by other North Korean ships in the recent past.

    Here are some notable excerpts from the report:

    - The Panel concluded in its incident report submitted to the Committee that both the shipment itself and the transaction between Cuba and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were sanctions violations.

    - The Panel found that the hidden cargo amounted to six trailers associated with surface-to-air missile systems and 25 shipping containers loaded with two disassembled MiG-21 aircraft, 15 engines for MiG-21 aircraft, components for surface-to-air missile systems, ammunition and miscellaneous arms-related materiel. This constituted the largest amount of arms and related materiel interdicted to or from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea since the adoption of resolution 1718 (2006).

    - No records show the ship stopping at any countries other than Cuba between exiting the Panama Canal on 1 June and its return passage on 11 July.

    - On 20 June, the ship docked in the port of Mariel, where it took onboard the arms and related materiel.

    - Cuba argued that “maintenance”, as set out in paragraph 8 (c) of resolution 1718, was distinct from “repair”, which Cuba claimed was the basis of its contract with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea... The Panel is unconvinced by Cuba’s rationale to distinguish “maintenance” and “repair.”

    - The transportation of undeclared weapons and explosives in this manner posed a significant danger to all persons and facilities in proximity to the ship and should be a cause of concern among shippers, port authorities, the international maritime community and insurers.

    - Evidence found on the ship (see annexes XX and XXI) pointed to involvement of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea embassy staff in Cuba. Contact phone numbers and records found in the captain’s notes led the Panel to conclude that embassy officials in Havana were engaged in making arrangements for the shipment of the consignment of arms and related materiel, including the payment methods.

    - In its consultations with the Panel, Cuba confirmed the parties involved in the sugar and said that the arms shipment was part of a governmental agreement. It declined,however, to give the Panel copies of these agreements, citing confidentiality clauses in the contracts.

    - The incident involving the Chong Chon Gang revealed a comprehensive, planned strategy to conceal the existence and nature of the cargo.

    - All identification markings and insignia of the Cuban Revolutionary Air Force had been removed from both MiG-21 aircraft; the Panel observed signs of overspray and scratch marks in places dedicated to original insignia.

    - While the age of the items found in the shipment varied greatly, most appeared to have been well maintained. Records accompanying a great deal of the equipment indicated or certified the equipment functioned in accordance with specification or had been calibrated just prior to packing.

    - It is the Panel’s view that examining individually the items and their handling suggest that some, if not all, of the consignment was not expected to be returned to Cuba.

    - [The Panel] notes that the voyage of another Democratic People’s Republic of Korea-flagged and -owned vessel to Cuba presents a very similar pattern to the recent voyage of the Chong Chon Gang.
    - On April 2012, the general cargo vessel O Un Chong Nyon Ho (IMO 8330815) operated by OMM,11 sailed directly from Nampo to Cuba and back without any further calls in the region. After having stopped in Havana and Puerto Padre, the O Un Chong Nyon Ho drifted for several weeks off northern Cuba before returning for three weeks to Havana. Its Automatic Identification System was switched off (in violation of IMO requirements) during these three weeks, however, effectively preventing determination of further ports’ calls,as in the case of the Chong Chon Gang.



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    The U.N. Security Council detail report has concluded that the Castroit regime concealed tons of armaments under sacks of sugar on the North Korean ship Chong Chon Gang, and that all the weapons were in full working order, in violation of the sanctions.

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    Re: Cuba confirms arms bound for North Korea on ship seized in Panama

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    The U.N. Security Council detail report has concluded that the Castroit regime concealed tons of armaments under sacks of sugar on the North Korean ship Chong Chon Gang, and that all the weapons were in full working order, in violation of the sanctions.
    At least that's what the CapitalhillCubans.com tell us apparently. Nice source there champ!
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    Taking the Castroit regime off the list of state sponsors of terrorism will be a big mistake. This is a communist regime extremely anti-American, and among the most repressive tyrannical regime on the world.

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    Re: Cuba confirms arms bound for North Korea on ship seized in Panama

    One military with 50 year old weapons shipping arms to another country with 50 year old weapons.


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    Re: Cuba confirms arms bound for North Korea on ship seized in Panama

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    He also just keeps updating threads even if nobody responds. You can find entire threads with just Sandokan posts.
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    Re: Cuba confirms arms bound for North Korea on ship seized in Panama

    Confirmed North Koreas Ambassador to Cuba Executed
    Capitol Hill Cubans: Confirmed: North Korea's Ambassador to Cuba Executed

    First, the head of Cuba's Air Force, General Pedro Mendiondo, dies in a mysterious car crash.

    Then, North Korea's Army Chief, General Kim Kyok-sik, was mysteriously purged.

    And now, it has been confirmed that North Korea's Ambassador to Cuba, Jon Yong-jin, has been executed (below).

    As the U.N. Panel of Experts recently revealed, the smuggling of Cuban weapons to North Korea was negotiated and transacted from its Embassy in Havana.

    It seems the Kim and Castro regimes are going to great lengths to cover their illegal smuggling scheme.

    From Seoul's leading newspaper, The Chosun Ilbo:

    N.Korea Shuts Down Jang Song-taek's Department
    The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - N.Korea Shuts Down Jang Song-taek's Department

    The North Korean regime has shut down the Workers Party department once headed by purged eminence grise Jang Song-taek and executed or interned 11 high-ranking officials, sources said Sunday.

    One of them was burned alive.

    A source said the regime is preparing a third purge of officials who supported Jang. The first purge involved his family, relatives and high-ranking party officials, while the second purge underway. The third will target his supporters in provincial chapters of the Workers Party.

    The source said Jang's elder sister Kye-sun and her husband and ambassador to Cuba Jon Yong-jin, as well as their son-in-law Kim Yong-ho, who was head of a trading company, were executed. But ambassador to Malaysia Jang Yong-chol, Jang's nephew, escaped with his life.

    He was sent to a concentration camp shortly after Jang Song-taek's execution but was ordered to return to Pyongyang without a job after South Korean media reported rumors of his execution.


    A young dictator has to quickly consolidate his power, and there's no better way to do it than through terror. He has followed the example of the Castroit tyrannical regime. The island of Dr. Castro is a big jail where the regime jailers physically and mentally abuse their victims. They have locked the doors and thrown away the keys.

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