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N. Korea-Bound Ship With 'Military Cargo' Detained By Panama 105

Posted by timothy
from the no-crisis-if-the-missiles-are-moving-that-direction dept.
HonorPoncaCityDotCom writes "BBC reports that a North Korean-flagged ship carrying suspected 'sophisticated missile equipment' bound from Cuba to North Korea has been stopped near Manzanillo on the Atlantic side of the canal. President Ricardo Martinelli said the authorities were checking the ship for drugs when they found the suspected weapons in containers of brown sugar. Experts believe the communist state is working towards developing a nuclear warhead small enough to put on a long-range missile. Under UN sanctions, North Korea is banned from weapons exports and the import of all but small arms. The 35-member crew have been detained, including the captain who the Panamanian president said tried to kill himself during the search. Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino said the ship 'aroused suspicion by the violent reaction of the captain and the crew.' Martinelli also published a photograph that appeared to show two large green containers, adding that the arms shipment had been uncovered 'in containers underneath a cargo of sugar.'" Also at the New York Times.
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N. Korea-Bound Ship With 'Military Cargo' Detained By Panama

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  • The bad news is that the "missile technology" really did turn out to just be sugar.

    The good news is that Edward Snowden was on board!

  • As it turns out... (Score:5, Informative)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Tuesday July 16, 2013 @07:53AM (#44295429) Journal

    The sugar was both the cover and the sophisticated missile technology [wikipedia.org]...

    Crafty, crafty.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "Must protect the sugar....First you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women."
    -Homer J. Simpson

  • by Anonymous Coward

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Orphan_Master's_Son

  • Idiots! I told them to hide the goods in flour, not sugar. Of course the drug sniffing dogs were attracted to the sugar!
    • by rahvin112 (446269)

      Bah, dog's don't care about sugar. You want to fool the dogs put a container of used kleenex on the boat and the dogs won't be interested in anything else.

  • "they found the suspected weapons in containers of brown sugar"
    Oh no! He's building a calorie bomb! That's the only type of bomb Americans could easily just roll with without much damage, lol.
  • by arcite (661011) on Tuesday July 16, 2013 @08:13AM (#44295607)
    Job well done. Back to the shadows....
  • They have it all backwards. You're supposed to sneak missiles into Cuba, not out!
  • by hcs_$reboot (1536101) on Tuesday July 16, 2013 @08:21AM (#44295737)
    I mean, what about the ships clever enough to *not* take the Panama Canal - and follow the longer path? IOT, how many ships did we miss and How close NK is to having a working nuke?
  • by dkleinsc (563838) on Tuesday July 16, 2013 @08:21AM (#44295753) Homepage

    Cuban airplane bound for Kim Jong's land
    Downed in a market-driven US friend
    Scarred old pilot knows he's doing all right
    'til he's caught by capitalists just around midnight.

    Brown sugar! How come you smell so good?
    Brown sugar! Just like a missile should.

  • Wait ... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Does Cuba actually have sophisticated missile equipment?

    They used to get most of their stuff from the Soviets, and I'm skeptical they have developed anything new recently. Granted, even an ancient Soviet missile could teach them a lot.

    I'm also skeptical they suspected a drug shipment from Cuba ... not a big exporter of drugs Cuba.

    • Cuba may not be an exporter of drugs itself, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's a stopover point for drug smugglers due to its location.

      And like you said, they could learn a lot even from a forty year old Soviet missile, so that may well be what's onboard. But it is more likely they got it from somewhere else.

    • by PPH (736903)

      Does Cuba actually have sophisticated missile equipment?

      I would hope the answer is 'No'. Not after that little incident in 1962 anyway. I would hope that the CIA/NSA/Pentagon would make it their business to know exactly what kind of military technology is moving into/out of that country. Or they are not doing their f*king job, in my opinion.

      Screw looking for online porn and tax havens. Keep an eye on the people with the nukes.

      • by NFN_NLN (633283)

        I would hope the answer is 'No'. Not after that little incident in 1962 anyway. I would hope that the CIA/NSA/Pentagon would make it their business to know exactly what kind of military technology is moving into/out of that country. Or they are not doing their f*king job, in my opinion.

        Screw looking for online porn and tax havens. Keep an eye on the people with the nukes.

        Maybe you haven't heard. But the NSA has had their hands full spying on American citizens.

  • BBC reports

    It's the BBC, but that's just me being pedantic.

    ...has been stopped near Manzanillo on the Atlantic side of the canal. President Ricardo Martinelli

    Which country is Manzanillo in? Which canal are we talking about? Which country is Ricardo Martinelli the El Presidente of?

    And no, it isn't bleedin' obvious, nor should it matter even if it is. The point of "journalism" - loosely applied to Slashdot though it is - is to inform the reader, not have them play fill-in-the-blanks.

    Experts believe the communist state is working towards developing a nuclear warhead

    Which of the two communist states previously mentioned is now being referred to? If you can make it clearer without wasting the reade

    • by jbeaupre (752124)

      N. Korea-Bound Ship With 'Military Cargo' Detained By Panama

      Yes, it is bleedin' obvious.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        This has to be the first case where someone read the summary but skipped the title before posting. Usually it's "read the title, post, argue, insult, check summary to see if the other guy had a point, curse Slashdot for not giving you an edit function to change your old posts."

    • You're kind of a moron, aren't you? Not even tenth grade English teachers are this nitpicky.

      The country and canal is obvious from the headline.
      Which communist state is obvious from the context. And any other related news article you may have read in the last five or ten years.

      It's the summary of an article, not an encyclopedia entry.

    • Soon even Panama's expanding canal for "Superpanamax" ships won't be the only one. China is building an even bigger one next door for even larger ships.

      Meanwhile environmentalists in the US fight deepening harbors for even just the Superpanamax ships. The center of empire has shifted. It's all over. China has learned the lesson of history -- keep the trade routes open.

    • You shouldn't be pedantic if you didn't bother to read the headline (nearly identical in TFS and TFA, but they both mention Panama). Since this is Slashdot, you can't be blamed for not reading TFA (the Beeb one), which does attribute the claim to "Panama's president" in literally the first 2 words.

  • Should've sent the boat the long way around.

  • Everyone knows you use potatoes. Nobody wants to root around in a container full of mouldy potatoes.

    Lord of War [imdb.com]
    • by mjwx (966435)

      Everyone knows you use potatoes. Nobody wants to root around in a container full of mouldy potatoes.

      Lord of War [imdb.com]

      And I'm yet to see an inspector open a crate marked "nuclear waste".

  • Wisecracks aside, has anyone seen any discussion about what the thing they confiscated is? We've got a photo, and it's pretty distinctive, I'm sure some military technology expert recognizes it...

  • Umm...China and North Korea share a land boarder, and the capital of each is about 500 miles apart by land.

    What the fark would that have to do with the Panama canal, several thousand miles away?

  • Two green containers? This means WAR!!!
  • but who patrols and keeps the homicidal whackjobs in washington d.c., who maim, murder and destroy for power and wealth, from having such things?

  • This is a waveguide for a SNR-75 "Fan Song" fire-control radar for the Russian SA-2 (NATO) missile system. You can learn about it here (an SNR-75 set abandoned in Czechoslovakia): http://forum.valka.cz/viewtopic.php/t/74858

    And you can see the waveguide cone pictured in the AP stories and twitter here:
    http://forum.valka.cz/attachments/1945/RSN-75M3_Fan_Song_E_1.jpg

    And unless I miss my guess, this is the first _direct_ seizure we've seen of ACTUAL missile hardware on a North Korean ship.

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