Arab Today, arab today biden thanks panama for cuba north korea arms interception
Last Updated : GMT 11:16:14
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Biden thanks Panama for Cuba, North Korea arms interception

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Biden thanks Panama for Cuba, North Korea arms interception

Panama - AFP

US Vice President Joe Biden thanked Panama for detecting a controversial shipment of Cuban arms headed for North Korea apparently in violation of UN sanctions. During his visit to tour an ongoing expansion of the Panama Canal, Biden said that the country "stepped up where others might have stepped back. ... You found and confiscated weapons heading from Cuba heading to North Korea. "The United States is thankful for your taking that international responsibility, and you made a significant contribution, for real, to global security," Biden stressed. Panamanian authorities seized the Chong Chon Gang July 10 after discovering 25 shipping containers of Cuban military hardware, including two MiG-21 fighters, concealed in a cargo of sugar. Panama has said it believed that the shipment violated the UN arms embargo against North Korea. In August, the Panamanian government said the United Nations had determined that the shipment violated sanctions against arms transfers to North Korea. The sanctions were imposed over the reclusive country's controversial nuclear program. Both Havana and Pyongyang said they were "obsolete" Cuban arms being shipped to North Korea for refurbishment under a legitimate contract. The communist allies did not explain why the items were buried under more than 200,000 sacks of sugar inside the ship. The ship's crew of 35 faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted on arms trafficking charges. The sailors are being held at Fort Sherman, a former US military base. Monday a North Korean delegation arrived in Panama hoping to be able to leave the country with most of the crew members. The ship was fined a million dollars by the Panama Canal Authority for endangering the waterway. It has not yet been paid, Panamanian officials said. Biden also met with President Ricardo Martinelli and toured the Panama Canal which is undergoing a massive expansion. "To the 9,500 workers who are expanding this Canal, on behalf of the United States of America, thank you. Thank you for what you're doing," the US vice president said, enthused after his tour. The $5.6-billion canal expansion, expected to be completed by 2015, will permit the passage of so-called "super-cargo" ships, which can carry up to 12,000 containers. Currently, the largest ships that can navigate the canal can carry up to 5,000 containers. Allowing passage of these mega freighters will directly impact traffic at major US ports including Baltimore, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia. As such, Biden brought along top US port officials, mayors and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "Super-cargo" ships represent about 30 percent of the current world fleet, according to US sources.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today biden thanks panama for cuba north korea arms interception Arab Today, arab today biden thanks panama for cuba north korea arms interception

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Fadi Kataya explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook
Arab Today, arab today Messi visit will contribute in tourism

GMT 14:04 2017 Friday ,24 February

Messi visit will contribute in tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Iran complying with nuclear deal

GMT 07:14 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iran complying with nuclear deal
Arab Today, arab today Zainab al-Maliki reveals herTV presenter models

GMT 18:12 2017 Friday ,24 February

Zainab al-Maliki reveals herTV presenter models

GMT 05:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

WTO ratifies first multilateral trade deal

GMT 21:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Opec needs to prolong cuts to eliminate surplus

GMT 16:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

US Treasury chief tells IMF to monitor currencies

GMT 16:08 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Qatari banks merger to rebalance financial sector

GMT 05:57 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Britain risks clash with EU over RBS bailout

GMT 05:26 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Singapore carbon tax would hit refiners, help renewables
View News in Arabic - Business: نفط وبتروكيماويات
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday