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North Korean arms freighter passes through Panama Canal

Published on May 4, 2014 2:20 AM

PANAMA CITY (AFP) - The North Korean freighter Chong Chon Gang exited the Panama Canal on its way home on Saturday, more than nine months after it was seized with an undeclared cargo of Cuban arms.

"The Chong Chon Gang passed through the Panama Canal early this morning bound for Pyongyang with 10,200 tons of sugar," the lawyer for its crew, Mr Julio Berrios said.

Panama Canal administrator Jorge Quijano confirmed the ship had transited the canal without incident.

Its passage largely puts an end to a saga that began July 10, 2013 when the ship was boarded on suspicion it was carrying drugs from Cuba.

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