United Nations inspectors arrived at Panama’s Manzanillo port to examine the North Korean ship carrying hidden military equipment that was intercepted by Panamanian authorities nearly a month ago, WBAL-TV reported.
The ship set sail from Cuba, and the Cubans have since admitted to owning the military equipment it carries, claiming it was being sent to North Korea to be repaired and returned. Because North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons, the nation has been banned by the U.N. from importing and exporting most weapons. For this reason, the Panamanian government invited the inspectors and said it would let the U.N. decide how to respond to the incident.
Panama’s security minister said the inspectors would not make any public comments before or during their inspection, but would issue a report at a later date. The inspection is expected to conclude on Aug. 23.