You can't sugar coat this one, even though the Cubans have apparently tried.
On Tuesday, Panamanian officials made the decision to hold a North Korean freighter—the vessel is reportedly carrying a missile system on board that was picked up in Cuba and buried in sacks and crates of sugar.
The Panamanian President called the Cuban cargo "sophisticated missile equipment." The vessel's 35 crew members were taken into custody, and there are reports that the captain tried to commit suicide. The shipments violate numerous international sanctions against North Korea.
Cuban officials say the weapons are obsolete Soviet-era hardware that were on their way to be repaired in North Korea. That, however, would still be a violation of embargo agreements.
Hugh Griffiths, an international arms trafficking expert at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, joins us to discuss what this means for the United States and international community.