Panama has filed charges against the crew of the North Korean ship seized last week while carrying undeclared military equipment.
Panama’s top prosecutor, Javier Caraballo, said Wednesday that the captain and 35 crew members of the "Chong Chon Gang" have been charged with attempts against Panama's security and illegally transporting undeclared military equipment.
Caraballo said transporting weapons through the Panama Canal is illegal and likely violated UN resolutions banning North Korea from buying and selling missiles and other heavy arms.
He said the North Korean ship’s captain and crew are exercising their right to remain silent.
The top prosecutor also said the ship’s crew could face between four and six years in prison if they are indicted for illegally transporting weapons.