BY JOSÉ DE CÓRDOBA, ALASTAIR GALE, & JULIAN E. BARNES
The foiled attempt to smuggle Soviet-era weapons to North Korea from Cuba through the Panama Canal continues to puzzle officials, who question whether the purpose of the shipment was to have the weapons repaired in North Korea and then returned to Cuba, as Havana claims.
Cuba said it was attempting to send missile and radar parts, along with two MiG-21 Bis jets and jet motors, to North Korea for repair and eventual return so the island communist nation could “maintain our defensive capacity in order to preserve national sovereignty.”
The weapons were part of what Cuba said were 240 tons of obsolete military equipment on the ship that were manufactured more than 50 years ago.
A person familiar with the situation said the Cuban assertion could be true. The weapons were covered with 10,000 tons of bagged sugar, which analysts said could possibly be payment for the ... Read More