Panama postpones UN weaponry review of seized ship

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A police officer opens a container carrying a Russian-made fighter engine which was taken off the North Korean-flagged freighter ship Chong Chon Gang during a press tour at the Manzanillo International container terminal in the port city of Colon, Panama, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Panamanian officials said U.N. investigators were expected in Panama on Aug. 12. to investigate the seized ship carrying weapons system parts buried under sacks of sugar. Cuba has said they were aging defensive weaponry including surface-to-air missile systems, fighter jets and engines that were being sent to North Korea for repairs. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

COLON, Panama (AP) — Panama says it has postponed until Aug. 12 a U.N. inspection of Cuban weapons found hidden under bags of sugar on a ship headed to North Korea.

Authorities say unloading the ship will require more time before a visit from the U.N. Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea. The U.N. experts will determine if the shipment violates those sanctions.

Public Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino said Tuesday that Panama has found 12 turbines for the MiG fighter aircraft that was also on board, consistent with what the Cuban government reported after the weapons were found. The manifest said the ship was only carrying sugar when it was detained July 15 in the Panama Canal.

Panama has filed charges against the crew for transporting undeclared military equipment.