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Current Event Cat of the Day: Soviet-Style Missiles

Current Event Cat - Soviet-style Missiles to NK

After Panama caught them in the act, Cuba admitted to supplying old Soviet-style weapons to North Korea. Those sneaky Cubans…

A North Korean cargo ship was seized in the Panama Canal and after a quick search authorities discovered missiles, fighter jets and other weaponry amongst a load of 10,000 tonnes of sugar. The missiles and other arms were hidden in containers underneath the abundant sugar cargo. Apparently North Koreans really like sugar. And really old Soviet-style weapons.

Just how old were these weapons?

We’re talking old,” one official who investigated the ship said. “When this stuff was new, Castro was plotting revolutions.”

Since the United Nations prohibits the direct or indirect supply of all weapons to North Korea, Cuba found itself in a bit of a sticky situation – and not just because they were knee deep in sugar.

Cover story time! The Cuban Foreign Ministry declared that the weapons found were “obsolete” Soviet-era arms and were simply being sent to North Korea for “repair”.

“The agreements subscribed by Cuba in this field are supported by the need to maintain our defensive capacity in order to preserve national sovereignty,” the ministry said in a statement, arguing that it had the right to send these weapons off for North Korean-style repair.

First, obsolete Soviet-style arms are not going to be much use in defending your national sovereignty – there’s a reason why they’re called obsolete. Second, who sends anything to North Korea for repairs? Well, maybe Cubans… They don’t strike me as a people with a highly developed missile system – especially if they’re still using old Soviet leftovers.

Via: Current Event Cats & The Guardian

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