The Panama Canal Authority says a North Korean ship seized seven months ago with undeclared Cuban weapons on board is free to go after Pyongyang paid a fine.

The ship was carrying 25 containers‚ with Soviet-era weapons and fighter jets hidden under sacks of sugar.

Three crew members‚ including the captain‚ will remain in Panama to face weapons trafficking charges.

United Nation sanctions ban any country from providing arms to North Korea.

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