While the Chong Chon Gang rust bucket sits waiting for UN inspectors, North Korea has been asking for a “diplomatic solution”.
No go, says Panama: Panama says no diplomatic deal on North Korean ship that carried Cuban weapons
Panama is insisting that the case of a North Korean ship carrying contraband Cuban weapons must be handled by the United Nations despite a soothing diplomatic note from Pyongyang, according a Panamanian government official.
The verbal note from Pyongyang’s embassy in Havana noted that the ship did not seek to endanger the security of the Panama Canal and that North Korea hopes for “amiable cooperation” to resolve the case “diplomatically,” the official said.
North Korea also asked in the note Friday that two of its diplomats be allowed into Panama to provide consular services to the 35 crewmen of the freighter Chong Chon Gang, said the official, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about the case.
Pardon my ignorance, but, what the hey is a “verbal note”? A voice mail?
As you may recall, the ship was loaded,
Havana has acknowledged the Chong Chon Gang was carrying 240 tons of “obsolete” Cuban weapons to be “repaired” and returned to Cuba, including two MiG jets, 15 MiG engines and nine anti-aircraft missiles and parts and two targeting radars.
And don’t forget the anti-tank rocket propelled grenades, while you’re at it.