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Panama detains North Korean ship carrying `sophisticated missile equipment`

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 13:07

Zee Media Bureau

Panama City: A North Korean cargo ship was reportedly seized by Panama on Tuesday as it carried `undeclared military cargo`.

Panama`s President Ricardo Martinelli confirmed the news and said that the ship contained "sophisticated missile equipment", as per news report.

The ship had sailed from Cuba and was trying to sneak in the missile material illegally, as per reports.

He also posted a photo of the ship, being held for further probe, on his Twiter account.

The military cargo is a violation of the United Nations sanctions that have been levied on North Korea.

The Panama authorities have detained the crew of the ship including the ship captain, the reports state.

First Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 12:56

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