Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

UN Must Hold Cuban Officials Accountable in Chong Chon Gang Incident

Jul 30, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after the UN Security Council did not designate any sanction violations against Cuban officials who played a role in the Chong Chon Gang arms shipment.

"It is outrageous that the UN Security Council did not hold the Castro dictatorship accountable for violating international sanctions when it aided North Korea with its illegal weapons program. The UN's own Panel of Experts determined that the Cuban regime violated sanctions and purposely attempted to deceive the international community by concealing military material, including MIG-21 jet fighters, under sugar shipments. The UN has failed to enforce its own judgment against the Castro dictatorship. The weapons shipment from Cuba to North Korea was the result of a malevolent partnership between two rogue regimes that were caught colluding to evade sanctions. Regrettably, only half of that partnership is being held accountable for its involvement. The Castro regime is a pariah in the international community that will aid America's enemies and oppose American interests at every turn. The Chong Chon Gang incident deserves swift and severe consequences to both regimes."