Fidel Castro: 'Slander' over case of seized arms

AP News
Posted: Jul 28, 2013 1:13 PM

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro says foes of Havana have tried to manipulate the case of Cuban armaments seized at the Panama Canal on a boat bound for North Korea.

The retired leader writes in a July 26 letter that allegations Cuba was trying to defy U.N. sanctions against the Asian nation amount to "slander against our revolution."

The letter was addressed to foreign leaders who attended Friday's celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. It was published Sunday by state media.

The letter also reaffirms Cuba's stated opposition to nuclear weapons.

The Panamanian government on July 16 announced the discovery of missiles and other military equipment on the North Korean-flagged vessel, underneath a shipment of sugar.

Cuba said they were aging defensive weapons systems being sent to North Korea for repairs.