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."


Filed under: Cuba • North Korea • Panama
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  1. saywhat

    Not taking their job seriously these CNN folks in keeping this blog updated, they do though are diligent in blocking & deleting. Great netowrk.

    July 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    now being blocked

    July 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol ok and actually i thought it was the troll cuz i knew you wouldnt say that to me. And hes been a very busy boy lately, at my expense.

    July 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    I thought you were hijacked @ bobcat, my bad.

    July 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Still blocked grrr

    July 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Finally able to post. Anyway i know how i misunderstood your statement @ bobcat. It was because you said "you we" are too dumb too know.

    July 26, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Yeah chrissy, I guess the wording was nebulous in nature. Thank you for seeing beyond the poor use of the English language on my part. We good ?

    July 26, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A general store owner hires a young female clerk with a penchant for very short skirts. One day a young man enters the store, glances at the clerk, and glances at the loaves of bread behind the counter. “I`d like some raisin bread, please,” the man says politely.

    The clerk nods and climbs up a ladder to reach the raisin bread, located on the very top shelf. The man, standing almost directly beneath her, is provided with an excellent view.

    As the clerk retrieves the bread, a small group of male customers gather around the young man, looking in the same direction.

    Pretty soon each person is asking for raisin bread, just to see the clerk climb up and down. After a few trips the clerk is tired and irritated. She stops and fumes at the top of the ladder, glaring at the men standing below.

    She notices an elderly man standing amongst the throng. “Is yours raisin too?” the clerk yells testily.

    “No,” croaks the feeble old man…. “But it’s startin’ to twitch.”

    July 26, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Have you been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking, “Surely I can’t look that old?” I was sitting in the waiting room for m y first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his D.D.S. diploma. Which bore his full name. Suddenly I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my High School class some thirty-odd years ago. Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then?

    Upon seeing him, however I quickly discarded any such thought, this balding, gray haired man with deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate, Hmmm, or could he??

    After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Central High School.

    ”Yes. Yes, I did.” He gleamed with pride.

    “When did you graduate?” I asked.

    He answered, In 1967, Why do you ask?”

    “You were in my class!” I exclaimed.

    He looked at me closely.

    And then, that miserable, near-sighted, ugly, old, wrinkled jerk asked, what did you teach?”

    July 26, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Two old ladies were rocking in their chairs on the nursing home porch. One says “Martha, do you remember the minuet?” Martha answers “Heck, I don’t even remember the ones I slept with.”

    July 26, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    There were two old fellows who were chatting. Suddenly one of them asked, “What in the world is that sticking out of your right ear?”

    The other, with a puzzled look, said, “I don’t know”, and reached up pulling out the object, then exclaimed, “My word, a suppository!”

    Then he slapped his forehead and excitedly declared, “Now I know what I did with my hearing aid.”

    July 26, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Oh, and if you are wondering why I'm on the old theme today, I just figured since TJI was sticking with the same old stories, I would just follow suit.

    July 26, 2013 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Woman of advanced age goes for her annual physical examination. She returns home and tells her husband that the doctor told her she has the body of a 30 year old woman.

    Her husband responds, “And what did he say about your big ass?”

    She replied quickly, “Your name never came up, dear.”

    July 26, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Miss Bea, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married. She was much admired for her sweetness and kindness to all.

    The pastor came to call on her one afternoon early in the spring, and she welcomed him into her Victorian parlor. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared a little tea.

    As he sat facing her old pump organ, the young minister noticed a cut glass bowl sitting on top of it, filled with water. In the water floated, of all things, a condom.

    Imagine his shock and surprise. Imagine his curiosity! Surely Miss Bea had flipped or something..!

    When she returned with tea and cookies, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him, and he could resist no longer.

    “Miss Bea,” he said, “I wonder if you would tell me about this?” (pointing to the bowl).

    “Oh, yes,” she replied, “isn’t it wonderful? I was walking downtown last fall and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to put it on the organ, keep it wet, and it would prevent disease. And you know… I haven’t had a cold all winter.”

    July 26, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    You are on a roll my friend@bocat and may you always be. Thanks.
    Good morning all.
    According to CNET, the Feds have demanded that all major web sites turn over passwords of users stored with them.So privacy in this good ol' US of A would soon be ( or has already become?)the right of the govt only.

    July 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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