Our most favourite revolutionary Fidel Castro has credited North Korea with supplying Cuba with free weapons in the 1980s after the Soviet Union said it could no longer defend the island against an American invasion.
Castro’s reminiscence in an article published Wednesday came as United Nations experts were scrutinizing a shipment of Cuban arms to North Korea to determine if they violated a UN ban.
Castro has dismissed the discovery of the undeclared arms aboard a North Korean freighter – more below -transiting the Panama Canal as an attempt to smear Cuba.
In an article penned by the most beloved former leader today, marking his 87th birthday, Castro did not mention the case but praised North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung for coming to Cuba’s aid near the end of the Cold War ::::
Castro said then Soviet leader Yuri Andropov had told him that Cuba would have to defend itself it were invaded by the United States.
“He told us that if were attacked by the United States we would have to fight alone,” Castro said. “We asked him if they could supply us with weapons free of charge as they had in the past. He responded that they would. We then communicated to him: ‘Don’t worry. Send us the arms and we will take care of the invaders ourselves.”
Castro said North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, “a veteran and unimpeachable combatant, sent us 100,000 AK rifles and (ammunition) without charging a cent,” he said.
Andropov, a former KGB chief, was the Soviet leader from 1982 until his death 15 months later in 1984 as the Soviet Union entered into a period of crisis that ended with its collapse in 1989.
Kim Il-Sung died in 1994. His grandson, Kim Jong-un, now rules the Stalinist state.
Castro stepped down as Cuba’s president in 2006, handing over the reins to his younger brother Raul after becoming ill.
“I was far from imagining that my life would extend for another seven years,” Castro said.
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on August 13, 1926, he served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the Commander in Chief of the country’s armed forces from 1959 to 2008, and as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011.
Politically a Marxist-Leninist, under his administration the Republic of Cuba became a one-party socialist state; industry and businesses were nationalized, and socialist reforms implemented in all areas of society. Internationally, Castro was the Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement, from 1979 to 1983 and from 2006 to 2008.
Panama finds undeclared munitions aboard North Korea-bound ship from Cuba
RELATED! August 2, 2013: Crews unloading a North Korean-flagged ship detained in the Panama Canal for carrying undeclared arms from Cuba have found live munitions on board, a Panamanian official said Friday.
Explosive-sniffing dogs found ammunition for grenade launchers and other unidentified types on munitions, said anti-drug prosecutor Javier Caraballo, who did not specify the amount of munitions.
The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was headed from Cuba to North Korea when it was seized in the canal July 15 based on intelligence that it may have been carrying drugs.
The manifest said it was carrying 10,000 tons of sugar, but Cuban military equipment was found beneath the sacks. No drugs have been found so far.
After the seizure, Cubans officials said the cargo included 240 metric tons of obsolete planes and missiles they were sending to North Korea to be repaired and returned. There was no mention of munitions or explosives in the government statement, and Cuban officials could not be reached immediately for comment Friday afternoon :: Read the full Washington Post article »»»»
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