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UN chief praises Panama on North Korea, urges swift UN action

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Panama on Wednesday for seizing a North Korean ship carrying arms from Cuba, adding that the UN sanctions committee would take up the issue promptly.
"The Secretary-General commends the action taken by Panama in full conformity with its obligations under the relevant Security Council resolutions," Ban's press office said in a statement.
It added that Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, "notes that it is the duty of all member states to implement Security Council decisions.
"The Secretary-General awaits the outcome of the investigation into the matter in question and is sure the (North Korea) Security Council Sanctions Committee will promptly address it," the statement said.
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