PANAMA CITY - A ship that left Cuba and was headed to North Korea with missile material was stopped on Monday July 15. A photo tweeted by Panama’s president Ricardo Martinelli shows the seized material. ”When we started to unload the shipment of sugar we located containers that we believe to be sophisticated missile equipment, and that is not allowed,” said Martinelli.
The Verge reports that the vessel was also carrying bags of sugar when it was stopped. The ship had left Cuba and was heading back to North Korea through the Panama Canal when it security came across the warheads. The captain of the vessel was detained but shortly after he tried to commit suicide. Cuba is one of North Korea’s few allies.