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President of Panama tweets pictures of discoveries on North Korean ship

President Ricardo Martinelli has been tweeting pictures of suspected North Korean weapons captured in the Panama Canal.

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View of North Korean vessel at the Manzanillo Port in Colon, 90km from Panama City, on July 16, 2013. Panama on Monday stopped the North Korean vessel that President Ricardo Martinelli said had sailed from Cuba and tried to illegally sneak suspected sophisticated missile material through the Panama Canal. (RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)

After Panama stopped a North Korean ship en route from Cuba, the captain of the ship tried to kill himself, according to reports from the AFP this morning.

What could be so serious about this voyage that it could prompt a suicide? Speaking on Radio Panama, the President of Panama dropped a hint.

"The world needs to sit up and take note: you cannot go around shipping undeclared weapons of war through the Panama Canal," Ricardo Martinelli told Radio Panama listeners.

Martinelli has also been tweeting pictures of the ships cargo:

In his tweets, Martinelli calls the cargo "undeclared military cargo” and says it was hidden in sugar containers.

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