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Panama unveils MiG fighter jets on North Korean arms ship

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Panama unveils MiG fighter jets on North Korean arms ship

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Authorities in Panama have revealed two MiG-21 fighter jets found on board a seized North Korean ship.

The vessel was captured last week carrying arms from Cuba after a tense stand off with the crew in which the captain apparently tried to slit his own throat.

Alongside the two supersonic planes, originally produced by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, officials found two missile radar systems on board the Chong Chon Gang, President Ricardo Martinelli told reporters in the Atlantic port of Colon.

Once Panama has finished unloading the 155 meter (510 foot) ship, a United Nations team is expected to arrive in early August to establish whether a Security Council resolution has been breached.

In response, Cuba said the shipment contained a range of “obsolete” arms being sent to North Korea for repair.