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The Cuban Sugar Missile Crisis: High-Fructose BS Syrup

Apparently, the sweet and sugary high-fructose bullsh*t syrup flowing out of Havana and being liberally spread by its "Cuba Experts" here in the U.S. after the Cuban regime was caught smuggling missiles and MiGs through the Panama Canal breaks down quite quickly when exposed to the light of truth.

Here is your Cuban Sugar Missile Crisis news roundup for the day:

Juan Tamayo in The Miami Herald:

A North Korean ship carrying Cuban weapons smells of scandal — and more

The North Korean freighter is a three-decade-old rust bucket that literally stinks. It stinks of its crew’s sweat and urine, the greasy kitchen, the food left on the floor, the years of humidity and mold.

Even the photos of the country’s leaders hanging on the wall of the captain’s quarters are old — Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994, and his son Kim Jong-il, who died in 2011, but not his grandson and current ruler, Kim Jong-un.

“To call that thing filthy would be a compliment,” said Security Minister José Raúl Mulino, waving his left hand toward the ship Chong Chon Gang, docked at the sprawling container port of Manzanillo on Panama’s Atlantic coast.

But the ship also smells of scandal, for it was carrying 240 tons of contraband Cuban weapons to North Korea, in apparent violation of a 7-year-old U.N. arms embargo on Pyongyang for its nuclear weapons and long-range missile development programs.

Continue reading HERE.

Via El Pais, it appears the "obsolote" MiG-21s were apparently still useful enough to be fueled:

MiG-21s found on North Korean ship were fueled, says Panama leader

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said Sunday that two MiG-21 fighter jets found inside a North Korean ship that was stopped two weeks ago by customs officers had “apparently” been used because they had fuel in their tanks.

Martinelli’s revelation contradicts versions by North Korea and Cuba, which said that defensive weapons and fighters found on board the ship were “obsolete.” The weapons and the MiG-21s were found inside containers that were supposed to be carrying sugar.

The Panamanian leader, who had been on site as inspectors continued to search the Chongchongang, told the press that “as of now we have found two MiG-21s and antiaircraft missile systems and other equipment.”

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And finally, via PolicyMic, we learn this scandal may not be as innocuous as the "Cuba Experts" may want us to believe:

Did Panama Just Narrowly Keep North Korea From Finalizing Nuclear Artillery?

On July 16, Panama detained the Chong Chon Gang, a North Korean freighter passing through the Panama Canal en route from Cuba to North Korea. Officials had gained intelligence about suspicious contraband on the vessel and their search revealed armaments concealed under a cargo of sugar. Thus, this transaction indicates that North Korea may be increasing its acquisition of missile technology, furthering its nuclear artillery program.

Officials found a radar system aboard the Chong Chon Gang, increasing suspicions about North Korea. The system was identified as the SNR-75 "Fan Song" Fire Control Radar, which is a key component in guiding missiles to targets. The East Asian country is known for its experimentation with missile technology and nuclear artillery, trying to develop missiles that could target the United States. Nuclear artillery, on the other hand, has direct battlefield applications and could be used to attack South Korea or an invading force. If the Chong Chon Gang had reached its destination, North Korea could have gained the final component for its nuclear artillery program.

Continue reading HERE.

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/21/3513143/a-north-korean-ship-carrying.html#storylink=cpy

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