North Koreans to visit arms ship sailors held in Panama
PANAMA CITY (AFP) - A North Korean delegation is expected to visit Panama to see 35 sailors who were detained there after their ship was impounded and Cuban arms were detected aboard.
"We issued them visas so they could enter and they will receive" them tomorrow, Wednesday, Panamanian Foreign Minister Fernando Nunez said on Tuesday.
The sailors have been held on arms trafficking charges that carry maximum sentences of up to 12 years in prison.
The ship, the Chong Chon Gang, was boarded and searched July 10 on suspicion it was smuggling drugs through the Panama Canal.