Panama finds munitions aboard N. Korea-bound ship

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 3 at 1:04 AM

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama says it has unloaded live munitions from a ship seized in the canal as it headed from Cuba to North Korea.

Drug prosecutor Javier Carballo says ammunition for grenade launchers and another unidentified type were found.

Carballo told reporters Friday that boxes of munitions, though he didn't say how many, were found with the help of explosive-sniffing dogs.

The manifest said the Chong Chon Gang was carrying only sugar when it was stopped July 15 in the Panama Canal. Cuban military equipment was found beneath the sacks.

Cuba later said it was sending obsolete planes and missiles to be repaired in North Korea, but did not mention live munitions.

Cuban officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Panama has filed charges against the crew for transporting undeclared military equipment.

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