When, at the end of June, the North Korean General Kyok Sik Kim arrived with a delegation to Cuba it was assumed that something was brewing between the two dictatorships. What else could one deduce from the words of this general when he was in Havana:
“Both parties were informed of the situation in each other’s countries and have exchanged ideas to boost the friendly relations of the two armies and two peoples of the two countries.”
Two weeks after this visit, the North Korean ship Gang Chong Chong was detained in Panama on its way back from Cuba. In the boat there was a cargo of sugar and below it, the Castro regime belatedly admits, there were 240 tons of weaponry.
To date, the military equipment has been identified, on a preliminary basis and through photos, by the So far, the military equipment has been identified, a preliminary and through photos, by the weapons specialist British firm HS Jane, as Soviet land-to-air missiles and an and fire control unit for RSN-75 radar.
It is assumed that the destination is North Korea, but this is pure speculation. After 24 hours of silence the Castro dictatorship declared it was obsolete equipment from the Soviet era being sent to North Korea for repair and that it included two batteries antiaircraft nine unarmed missiles and two MIG-21. This argument raises the question of why this equipment was sent to North Korea, not Russia, for repair. Furthermore, why was it hidden?
The silence kept by North Korea is suspicious as was the fact that the North Korean ship captain tried to kill himself when he was discovered smuggling. Until the crew refused to facilitate the inspection.
It’s a little childish that Castro’s tyranny has believed that the United States was not going to realize that Cuba was moving missiles on a North Korean ship. It is clear that delayed 24 hours to say it was material for repair because they didn’t know what to do until someone came up with the excuse. As much they want to justify the international ridicule, General Raul Castro and General Sik Kim Kyok have been caught in the act.
It is a crime to transport military hardware through the Panama Canal without proper declaration and the Chong Chong cargo violates a resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations banning the import and export of such weapons as those of North Korea. Given this violation, we expect absolute silence from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which Raul Castro became president of this past January, as they have been doing with the abuses committed against the people of Cuba and democracy.The ship could have carried Soviet ground-to-air missiles fired by a person. The Castro regime has these deadly missiles that can easily destroy personal aircraft in flight. In the hands of terrorist groups, with which Cuba and Korea have such close relations, they can wreak havoc on civil aviation in the world.
This scandal should serve as a warning to those in the European Union who are maneuvering so that the Common Position is replaced by a more conciliatory policy towards the dictatorship in Cuba.
The Castro regime may have explored with North Korea the possibility of acquiring nuclear weapons and in view of transfer that has just been discovered in Panama, one day we could wake up with a story that can be very serious for the United States and Latin America.
The Castro regime is a terrorist regime that supports other terrorist regimes and kidnaps hostages to negotiate; hopefully some businessmen and politicians in the United States will insist on a settlement with the tyranny, understanding that in Cuba power is controlled by a group of violent and unscrupulous individuals.
16 July 2013