Panama says N.Korea ship's arms violated UN sanctions
PANAMA CITY (AFP) - The undeclared shipment of Cuban weapons found on a North Korean ship are a violation of UN sanctions against arms transfers to Pyongyang, Panama said on Wednesday, citing a UN report.
The public safety ministry said in a statement that according to a draft report by UN experts sent to Panama after the seizure of the ship in July, the cargo "undoubtedly violates UN sanctions, which supports the course of action Panama took."
The ministry statement was the first information released about the mission of the experts, who completed their inspections two weeks ago. They were led by Briton David Martin Uden, a former ambassador to South Korea.
A source in the public safety ministry said authorities had been given a first draft of the report compiled by UN sanctions panel experts.