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U.N. to make ruling after probe into North Korean ship

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 - 01:09

Aug. 17 - A U.N. ruling is expected after officials wrap up 3-day visit to investigate a North Korean ship carrying arms from Cuba, in potential breach of U.N. sanctions. Tom Dinham reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NONE* Panamanian authorities announced on Friday that a U.N. ruling is expected in the case of a North Korean ship carrying arms from Cuba in suspected breach of U.N. sanctions. Last month, authorities in the Panama Canal stopped the ship and seized the cargo after a stand-off with the North Korean crew, whose captain attempted to commit suicide. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PANAMANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, FERNANDO NUNEZ FABREGA, SAYING: "The investigation is over. A U.N. ruling is now expected and, in that case, their decision will be binding, not that of Panama." A six-member U.N. team concluded their findings at the Howard Air Force Base on Thursday after an investigation into the undeclared arms shipment from Cuba. Before the arms were discovered, Cuba told Panama the cargo was a donation of sugar for the people of North Korea, but a hoard of military equipment was discovered on board, including missile radar systems. The United Nations has imposed various sanctions on Pyongyang for flouting measures aimed at curbing its nuclear weapons program. These regulations include strict regulations on arms shipments.

U.N. to make ruling after probe into North Korean ship

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 - 01:09

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