The United Nations has concluded a North Korean ship seized in Panama last year was in violation of sanctions imposed on the North.
U.N. sources said the U.N. Security Council came to such a conclusion during a meeting Thursday after reviewing a report on the Chong Chon Gang case by the council’s committee on sanctioning North Korea.
The sources said the council’s 15 members agreed the Chong Chon Gang had violated Security Council resolutions with its cargo of undeclared weapons. They also said the seizure of the ship was the largest incident of weapons confiscation since U.N. sanctions were applied on the North.
In particular, the council members all shared the view that the Chong Chon Gang case clearly demonstrated that the North continues to try and evade U.N. sanctions.
The council members also positively assessed the inter-Korean family reunions currently under way in Mount Geumgang.
The Chong Chon Gang was sailing to North Korea from Cuba when it was detained by Panama’s authorities on July tenth of last year. The ship was carrying undeclared weapons, including MiG-21 fighter jets, MiG-21 jet engines and missile parts, under 200-thousand sacks of sugar.