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Panama says freed North Korean ship will set sail

Updated: 2014-02-13 AM 9:18:33 (KST)
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A North Korean ship detained near the Panama Canal for smuggling Cuban weapons is leaving Panama with most of its crew aboard after the ship's representatives paid a nearly 700,U.S. dollar fine to free it.
Reports say it's not yet known whether the ship -- the Chong Chon Gang -- will head straight back to North Korea or first sail elsewhere.
Thirty-two members of its North Korean crew are onboard but the three highest-ranking people on the ship, including the captain, will remain in Panama, where they are being charged with weapons trafficking.
The ship was seized in July of last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters, under thousands of tons of sugar.


Reporter : markbroome@arirang.co.kr

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