Submitted by ub on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 17:28

A Panamanian mystery is turning into a totally bizarre story involving a North Korea-bound ship being seized, then searched and finally detained following a violent struggle on the Panama Canal? This sounds a bit like an old scene from the Cold War era.

Could this turn into another international incident like the one 50 years ago? Officials fearing some sort of modern-day Cuban Missile Crisis could only have been relieved to find out that what Cuba describes as an assortment of antique Soviet weapons discovered aboard the ship was buried under one quarter of a million sacks of brown sugar.

These outdated weapons are more suited to a Cold War museum than they are to being effectively utilized in 21st century warfare.

This strange incident shows just how bad a shape North Korea and Cuba are that they're bartering early Cold War materials for brown sugar.

Panama has called on the U.N. Security Council to investigate this North Korean ship they caught smuggling arms from Cuba, piling more pressure on Pyongyang over a possible breach of U.N. sanctions.