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Nicaragua Reportedly Gets North Korean Torpedo Boats

February 3, 1989

LONDON (AP) _ Nicaragua is believed to have taken delivery of six North Korean-made torpedo boats in a large consignment of weapons on a Soviet freighter, Jane’s Defense Weekly said in its issue appearing Thursday.

The shipment is thought to include mortars, anti-tank weapon launchers, air-to-ground rockets, anti-personnel mines, ammunition and vehicle spares, said Jane’s, a respected journal of military affairs.

The consignment was brought by the freighter Junda in the last weeks of 1988 and unloaded at the port of Rama, up the Rio Escondido from the Atlantic.

Jane’s said the six fast-attack craft will make Nicaragua’s navy the most powerful in Central America.

Nicaragua already has two North Korean torpedo boats, eight Soviet mine hunters and mine sweepers, and 14 Soviet, French, U.S. and Israeli-made patrol boats, it said.

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