July 17th, 2013
09:04 AM ET

Cuba: It's our weapons on N.K. ship

It was a mystery that Panama's president said his country was struggling to solve.

What was the massive military equipment hidden under hundreds of thousands of sacks of brown sugar on a North Korean boat? Where did it come from? And where was it going before investigators seized the vessel near the Panama Canal?

Hours after Panama said it would ask U.S. and British officials for help solving the puzzle, Cuba gave an answer Tuesday night.

In addition to 10,000 tons of sugar, Cuba's Foreign Ministry said, the shipment contained "240 metric tons of obsolete defensive weapons" sent to North Korea "to be repaired and returned to Cuba."


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  1. saywhat

    RIP Helen Thomas "First Lady of the Press". The only journalist in the White House Corps with gumption. The only female who ever headed the corps and one with many singular distinctions.
    Never to shy away from seeking the truth, never stuck to the 'script', blunt , putting many a Presiedents at discomfort.
    We need more like her.

    July 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    Happy Saturday @saywhat. I agree with your sentiments on Helen Thomas. She always stood out with her bluntness and her red suits.

    July 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Same to you@dazzle and thanks for being on this blog.I had given up hope of seeing anyone today..

    July 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    And since i lucked on getting you my friend, do read " Arming Armageddon" on Veterans Today. Things seem to be heating up.
    Wish i could get this across to @bobcat too.

    July 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    It was a sad time in the history of free journalism and freedom of speech when Helen Thomas was hounded out of a distinguished career by lobbies of hate.

    July 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Sorry i missed you earlier @ saywhat. As for getting that info to our bobcat, im sure he will read that post at sometime in the next day or so. And ty for turning me on to that website.

    July 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pete

    @saywhat,chrissy,good morning all..Wasn't it Pres.Obama who brought out a birthday cake for Ms.Thomases birthday in the past couple of years??A great journalist that'll be truly missed ..You knew when you got info from her it was authentic just not glamed over like most do today..My condolences to all of Ms Thomases family,friends on her passing!!Take care all as well,enjoy your weekend!

    July 21, 2013 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. mag200

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    July 22, 2013 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    needless to say not me at 12:47 pm

    July 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Good afternoon saywhat my friend
    I read, with great interest, the article you mentioned. As I remember my lessons about Har Meggido very well, this is a development that is very disturbing. It does seem that all the pieces are falling in place, and all we can do now is wait for the other shoe to drop.

    July 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Hey bobcat! Lol i knew you would read that! 😉

    July 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Forgive a belated response @bobcat &@chrissy. Good afternoon if you happen to pass by.
    Disturbing indeed my friends and more so as majority of Americans are unaware of the signs. Business is not as usual.
    Congress has signed off on arming rebels in Syria, while foreign fighters flock to the war zone. "Kinetic' strikes against Syria are in the making a US general says.Israel is raising the specter of Iran with a renewed push for US military involvement.
    "Pieces are falling in place" The theater now would be Syria,Lebanon,Turkey & Iran. The 'Oded Yinon Plan is unfolding.

    July 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Good afternoon to you saywhat. Make no mistake this is the same Rebels , who kidnapped UN peacekeepers 2 times , the same who thrown postal workers from a second floor ,the same who attacked Aleppo City with chemical weapons they were supplied from abroad, The same who behead ,steal and rape civilians who do not side with them. All the rebels are sectarian religious extremist and fight not for any freedom but for the creation of a fanatic islamic state. And the white house and allies are 100% responsible for fueling the violence in Syria with their millions ,logistics and weapons to the rebels.

    July 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    Good afternoon to you @ saywhat. Kerry's rebels will need more millions,to release the other 200 civilians,women and children. But also held responsible so called 'human rights organization' for propaganda in support of them..The world Shall never forget and get to an international court all the western powers leaders who have been sponsors of terrorism in Syria. And for their illegal war.

    July 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Good afternoon to you also dear saywhat. And @ Mary also. And yes i just read about Syria. Sickening is what it is! I fail to see the facination some men have with war. And shame on our POTUS!

    July 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
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