Update on North Korea/ Castrogonia weapon-smuggling deals
It looks as if the Chon Chong Gang incident may not have been so "harmless" after all.
So much for those "experts" who identified the armaments seized at the Panama Canal as "obsolete" or as useless junk traded by two hapless bottom-of-the-heap countries.
From Capitol Hill Cubans
Is North Korea Selling (Cuban) Arms to Hamas?
According to the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate an arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment that will allow them to maintain their offensive against Israel.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, a U.S. federal court ruled that North Korea provided rocket and missile components for Hezbollah to use in its 2006 attacks against Israel.
According to the ruling, “North Korea provided Hezbollah with advanced weapons, expert advice and construction assistance in hiding these weapons in underground bunkers, and training in utilizing these weapons and bunkers to cause terrorist rocket attacks on Israel’s civilian population.”
Arms sales continues to be one of the Kim regime's top revenue sources. The question remains: where does it get the weapons from?
Last year, the Cuban regime was caught red-handed smuggling 240 tons of weapons to North Korea. This constituted the largest amount of arms and related materiel interdicted to or from North Korea since the adoption of resolution 1718 (2006).
The interdicted shipment, aboard the Chong Chon Gang, included surface-to-air missile systems (that can take down planes), missile components, ammunition, radars and other miscellaneous arms-related materiel.
What if these missile systems had ended up in the hands of Hamas or Hezbollah?
Other Cuban weaponry may have, as there were at least seven otherNorth Korean vessels that made similarly elusive trips (as the Chong Chon Gang) to Cuban in the last few years.
Regardless, this is another reason why Cuban officials and entities responsible arms trafficking with North Korea must face consequences for their illegal actions.
Aaaaaahh....Consequences. Yes, consequences.
Well... don't hold your breath. The United Nations finally got around to something resembling sanctions against North Korea. Sort of. Kind of..... You know, like.... you know.... "tap, tap, tap, you naughty boy" kind of sanctions (wink, wink).
From The Voice of America:
The United Nations imposes sanctions on the operator of a North Korean ship seized last year by Panama while trying to smuggle arms from Cuba.
The Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee voted late Monday to place an international asset freeze and travel ban on Ocean Maritime Management.
The committee said the company "played a key role in arranging the shipment," which included two Mig-21 fighter jets, missiles and other arms hidden under sacks of sugar.
The Chong Chon Gang was stopped in July 2013 near the Panama Canal on suspicion of smuggling drugs. Cuba said it was sending what it called the "obsolete" weapons to North Korea for repairs.
But the U.N. committee said the concealment of the undeclared weapons "demonstrates intent to evade" international sanctions banning the export of arms to North Korea.
“Ocean Maritime Management Company, Ltd (OMM), played a key role in arranging the shipment of the concealed cargo of arms and related materiel,” the committee said in an implementation assistance notice.
“The concealment of the aforementioned items demonstrates intent to evade U.N. sanctions, and is consistent with previous attempts by the DPRK to transfer arms and related materiel through similar tactics in contravention of Security Council prohibitions,” the committee said.
Continue reading HERE,,,,(but good luck finding any information on what the U.N. plans to do to stop such cheating in the future).