In March 2014, the U.N.'s Panel of Experts released a detailed report ("POE Report") of the Chong Chon Gang incident, which provided details of the illegal arms smuggling operation between Cuba and North Korea.
The POE Report highlighted the military cooperation between Cuban and North Korean officials; explained the techniques used for international sanctions evasion; provided a detailed list of weapons and weapons systems onboard; revealed the "secret" instructions given to the ship's captain; the comprehensive, planned strategy to conceal the nature of the cargo; and exposed Cuba's false claims and subsequent cover-up attempts.
The one section not released in the POE Report was the "confidential annex" containing the list of Cuban and North Korean officials, and entities, involved.
A month before the POE Report was released, it was leaked that there would be at least two sanction designations related to the Chong Chon Gang incident.
Moreover, that China and Russia had opposed making the POE Report public.
The latter was partially overcome. However, yesterday the U.N. Security Council's Sanctions Committee only blacklisted one entity, Ocean Maritime Management Company, Ltd., the operator/manager of the Chong Chon Gang.
The "confidential annex" should also be made public and the U.N.'s Panel of Experts should release a list of all suspected Cuban and North Korean officials, and entities, involved in the shipment.
According to The Miami Herald:
"One of the Cubans allegedly involved is Brig. Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, in charge of several military enterprises and the port of Mariel, where the weapons were loaded on the freighter. He’s also a son-in-law of Cuban ruler Raúl Castro."
If so, General Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas should be sanctioned.
Note that, according to the POE Report, the Cuban regime refused to cooperate with the U.N.'s Panel of Experts -- citing confidentiality clauses in its business arrangements with Pyongyang.
How's that for shady?
Image: Lopez-Callejas is second to the right, next to Raul Castro, receiving a briefing on the new Port of Mariel facility.
at 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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