Two WSJ stories: New ASEAN hoops league, and NK weapons crew

Two Thailand-related stories that I was too busy to post on Fri., but which I wanted to point out: WSJ: “Long Shot: The New Asean Basketball League Tries to Win Over the Thais.” Sports has always had its share of lovable long shots, plucky underdogs that fans pull for despite the odds, or even because […]

Two quick links: Thailand political risks and arms from North Korea

Just quickly, I wanted to point out this Reuters item from yesterday: “FACTBOX-Five political risks to watch for Thailand.” Give it a read. Also, to follow on the issue of the plane carrying arms from North Korea, Bloomberg had this story Jan. 29 that’s worth a look: “Iran Was Destination of North Korean Arms, Thailand […]

Update: Crew of N. Korean arms plane to be held until Feb. 11, Bangkok Post says

An update to my previous post: The Bangkok Post is now saying this: The prosecution on Friday deferred until Feb 11 a decision on whether to indict the five crew members of a plane which landed at Don Mueang airport with an undeclared cargo of weapons from North Korea. It was earlier reported that the […]

Bangkok Post: Crew of North Korean arms plane to be released today?

Today’s Bangkok Post, citing an anonymous source, has this story: “Korea arms plane crew ‘to go free.’” The first two graphs: Prosecutors have decided to drop charges against five suspects found last month with 35 tonnes of weapons on a plane from North Korea, a source close to the case has revealed. The source did […]

Cargo plane seizure: N. Korean arms heading to Iran?

An update on the ongoing story about the cargo plane full of North Korean weapons that was recently seized here in Bangkok. Here are two WSJ stories that highlight a couple of developments. First, from Dec. 21, a piece about signs pointing to Iran as a possible destination for the arms. And second, a Dec. […]

N. Korea weapons bust: Thailand confirms assistance from U.S.

The latest from AP: Thailand confirms US helped in weapons seizure BANGKOK — Thailand’s seizure of tons of illicit weapons from a plane from North Korea was the result of cooperation with the United States, a senior official said Thursday. The Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane was impounded Saturday in Bangkok during what officials said was […]

New Zealand connection to North Korean weapons bust?

From today’s WSJ: Officials Probe Auckland Firm’s Role in Seized Arms Cache New Zealand officials are investigating whether an Auckland-based company has links to a weapons-filled plane from North Korea that was detained in Bangkok last week. Investigators are still unsure where the plane — carrying 35 tons of missiles, explosives and other armaments — […]

Why did the cargo plane stop in Thailand? And where was it going?

More details on the recent seizure here in Bangkok of a cargo plane carrying arms from N. Korea (previous posts are here and here.): A snippet from a Dec. 14 CSM story: The cargo plane stopped to refuel Dec. 9 in Bangkok on its outward journey, Mr. Panitan says. It was empty and wasn’t searched […]

More on the N. Korean Weapons Bust

A bit more on the cargo plane full of arms from North Korea that Thai authorities seized here in Bangkok on Friday. (Note: I incorrectly said, earlier, that the bust took place on Sat. In fact, it happened Fri. night. I have corrected my original post.) I think one of the most interesting angles to […]

Thailand nabs plane carrying weapons from North Korea

Image: Reuters Interesting story here in Thailand that involves North Korea, weapons trafficking, and American cooperation with Thai authorities. Thailand on Sat. late Fri. ((Corrected Dec. 14)) seized a cargo plane loaded with 35 tons of weapons that was on its way from North Korea to Sri Lanka. The plane’s final destination is unclear, but […]