North Korean ship caught with arms faces possible $1.27 million fine: Panama
PANAMA CITY (AFP) - The Panama Canal authority said on Thursday it will impose a fine of as much as US$1 million (S$1.27 million) on the North Korean freighter caught with an undeclared shipment of Cuban weapons.
"It is a flagrant violation of safe passage through the Panama Canal and we have little tolerance for this kind of activity," canal administrator Jorge Quijano said.
"It is going to be sanctioned," he said, adding that the authorities were still mulling the size of the fine.
"It's obvious that there were containers that had not been declared, not to mention what was inside them." The ship, the Chong Chon Gang, was boarded and searched July 10 on suspicion it was smuggling drugs.