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Admits Military Gear En Route to North Korea
By Harold Hutchison

Cuba has admitted that it was sending military gear to North Korea on a ship that was intercepted by Panamanian authorities. The ship’s captain attempted suicide, and its crew resisted the Panamanians.

According to the Cubans, the equipment was obsolete and being sent to North Korea for repairs. Among the gear recovered were disassembled rockets. North Korea is facing sanctions targeting its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

“I think we should be taking some comfort in the notion that other countries are getting serious about trying to put the squeeze on North Korea and trying to convince them that they need to be better citizens," said Brad Glosseman, an analyst with the Pacific Forum.

North Korea is believed to have attacked and sunk the South Korean corvette Cheonan in 2010.