Panama asks U.S. for help with North Korean ship
Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli (L) is seen aboard of North Korean vessel Chong Chong Gang at Manzanillo harbour in Colon.
July 17th, 2013
04:41 PM ET

Panama asks U.S. for help with North Korean ship

By Barbara Starr

Panama has formally asked the United States for technical help to inspect Cuban weapons found on board a North Korean freighter it seized.

"The government of Panama has requested our assistance, and we intend to provide it," Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, said.

"Generally speaking, the types of technical assistance we could provide include things like identifying the material on board, as well as providing personnel who are familiar with these types of inspections," she said.
The Panamanians asked for imaging equipment and technicians to fully examine and determine what is on board, according to a U.S. official.

The official declined to be identified because the person is not authorized to speak publicly.
Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has publicly said he wants international inspectors to survey the ship's cargo.

A second official told CNN an initial assessment found that Cuba was sending aging weapons - including a radar, aircraft and missile parts - to North Korea for repair and upgrade as Havana has claimed.

The U.S. assessment also found that Cuba may be trying to further its arms relationship with North Korea due to Russian disinterest in performing the upgrade work.

soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Bernita Prost

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2006/10/retro.html?showComment=1161694620000&m=0

    June 21, 2021 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  2. Treva Deperro

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2008/02/eric-garland-and-bigchampagne-online.html

    June 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  3. Hye Tousey

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2017/04/spanish-language-edition-of-of-new.html?showComment=1497445654862

    June 18, 2021 at 11:28 am | Reply
  4. Farrah Toy

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2008/11/animated-graffiti.html?m=0

    June 15, 2021 at 8:13 am | Reply
  5. Hunter Malak

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?cat=8&paged=13

    June 15, 2021 at 3:43 am | Reply
  6. Alexa Allphin

    I don't know about you people but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2011/04/photos-united-airlines-retro-friend-ship-livery-unveiled/

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2007/07/environmental.html?m=0

    June 13, 2021 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  7. Dorie Rade

    I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/10/who-needs-seats-airline-lets-six-passengers-stand-for-five-hours/

    http://urlm.co/g/c/f/163872

    June 13, 2021 at 7:23 am | Reply
  8. Lynsey Werst

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://amusingspace.blogspot.com/2007/04/plaiting-ropes-of-sand.html

    June 12, 2021 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  9. Jared Gividen

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 11, 2021 at 8:57 am | Reply
  10. Terri Carnie

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 7, 2021 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  11. Zachariah Mccallum

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 5, 2021 at 12:40 am | Reply
  12. George Grussing

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 4, 2021 at 6:05 am | Reply
  13. Irving Banta

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

    http://razakam.blogspot.com/2009/06/blog-updates.html

    June 2, 2021 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  14. Waldo Sitaca

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2003/05/teaching-award-glynda-hull-well.html?showComment=1561554866831

    May 31, 2021 at 4:17 am | Reply
  15. Nigel Hardrick

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?page_i&paged=44

    May 30, 2021 at 5:33 am | Reply
  16. Michel Schieler

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-book-in-our-series-childrens.html?showComment=1377942677499

    May 29, 2021 at 4:49 am | Reply
  17. Junko Hounchell

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2007/09/sat-nav-chaos.html

    May 28, 2021 at 4:22 am | Reply
  18. Sadye Grumbach

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2009_10_01_archive.html

    May 23, 2021 at 3:38 am | Reply
  19. Kelly Burczyk

    I don't know about you all but I am obsessed with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2011/02/airline-livery-of-the-week-transavia-com/

    http://www.pseconline.org/pipermail/reps_pseconline.org/2012-November/000869.html

    May 21, 2021 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  20. Jamar Attilio

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2004/07/?m=0

    May 20, 2021 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  21. Dan Satterley

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://adolit.blogspot.com/2008/02/videoactivismlearningaction.html

    May 20, 2021 at 2:38 am | Reply
  22. Omer Kirchherr

    I don't know about you all but I am obsessed with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/10/video-space-shuttle-being-mounted-on-boeing-747/

    http://privatejetstoday.blogspot.com/2010/08/private-jet-flight-attendant-jobs.html

    May 19, 2021 at 3:43 am | Reply
  23. Ramonita Housey

    I don't know about you all but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/04/in-flight-back-to-seattle-before-stopping-at-milwaukee/

    http://www.washingtonbids.us/washington-contractors/naics-712110-Museums.htm

    May 17, 2021 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  24. Amie Arp

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2011/01/airplane-geeks-podcast-talking-about-airline-goodness/

    http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Be-a-Part-of-Giving-Tuesday-by-Supporting-the-Future-of-Flight-Foundation-.html?soid=1111846961938&aid=zrXG1JFUdEw

    May 16, 2021 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  25. Rossana Toti

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusuf-hanafy-82493b183

    May 12, 2021 at 2:38 am | Reply
  26. Jovita Maldenado

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://internettime.pbworks.com/w/page/20095906/research?revision=64381447

    May 10, 2021 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  27. A Real American

    The U.S. monitored the ship from the time it left Cuba heading back to N.K.. The U.S. recommended the ship be searched in depth by the Panamanians, which subsequently led to the discovery of the weapons that the CIA undoubtedly watched get loaded in Cuba. Then the government of Panama asks the U.S. to assist with the inspection of the weapons. Just another example of how the U.S. has become the policeman of the world, when we can't even take care of our own house. Shameful!

    July 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • The Big Picture

      Well, if someone doesn't "police" the world, then your house wouldn't be there for long when rogue countries expand their weapons capability.

      August 11, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
      • Religious Guy

        So who defines rouge nations?

        August 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  28. George Patton

    well, Panama being ally, US should help them......not searching, but sinking it.

    July 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • .Ma

      Help build a Reef that's a capital idea give back for over fishing.

      July 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  29. John McKane

    For crying out loud, can't the Panamanians do anything for themselves? They illegally and irresponsibly seized a North Korea merchant ship which they had no right to do in the first place and now want us to give them a spare tyt in their obscene activity. Let these stupid Panamanians face the consequences of their stupid actions!

    July 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • .Ma

      Whatever

      July 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Rick from LA

      Every country has the legal right to inspect cargo traversing their territorial waters. Inspecting a cargo ship in the Canal is like the TSA inspecting your carry on luggage.

      Seizing the ship is within their right for customs violations. They declared the sugar but not the hardware. While hauling military cargo is not in and of itself illegal, the manifest showed that intended destination of the ship was a embargoed country where transfer of such items is prohibited. Panama did the right thing.

      July 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
      • .Ma

        Just a troll trying to get a rise out of people. Hardware was hidden under the sugar.

        July 18, 2013 at 4:55 am |
    • Moderate Sean

      Oh, McKane, trying typing with some basis of knowledge and thought first, okay? I know you are just trying to get a rise out of viewers, but when a country has actionable intelligence that said ship might be involved in a criminal enterprise, i.e. transporting illegal drugs, the country where the ship is traversing or domiciled may stop, board, and search that ship. It's a country's right and obligation. This particular ship was being observed by both the U.S. and Panamanian officials prior to this point, but actually since the first time it entered the Canal enroute to Cuba. Spouting off from a lack of knowlwdge may be a right too, but it only makes you look pretty small!

      July 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.