North Korean Weapons Ship at Sea
AP/Breitbart reports that a North Korean ship suspected of carrying contraband military material has taken to the high seas. Update: Kim has apologized for the nuclear test and hopes we can all be friends now.
U.S. intelligence has detected the departure from a North Korean port of a North Korean ship suspected of carrying military equipment banned under a U.N. sanctions resolution against Pyongyang's Oct. 9 nuclear test, CBS News reported Thursday.
The United States is tracking the ship, CBS said, noting that it remains uncertain exactly what the ship is carrying and where it is headed.
Should the ship be confirmed to be loaded with nuclear, missile or other related materials, it could be subject to the first maritime inspection under the sanctions resolution adopted unanimously Saturday by the U.N. Security Council. The resolution, which imposes economic and diplomatic sanctions, rules out military options, which are strongly opposed by China and Russia.
The news report came a day after U.S. President George W. Bush vowed to deal with ships and airplanes and take all necessary measures to stop North Korea's transfer of nuclear weapons to other nations and non-state entities such as terrorists.
It's practically certain that an interception, if it takes place, will be undertaken not by one of those peace-loving nations so adamantly opposed to the bomb as much as the United States Navy. Funny how it always works out that way. But the problem with blockades is that they are expensive and ceaseless. Sanctions are often ways the international community pretends to do something while really offloading the whole mess onto the lap of the US taxpayer. And the US can subsequently be blamed for doing something or not doing anything. The international community loves sanctions.
At any rate, look to see any interception as yet another proof of "US imperialism". Pajamas Media notices that the sympathetic portrayal of North Korea has already begun.
The "Human Face" of North Korea: Diane Sawyer interviews a senior North Korean general who asks President Bush to stop humiliating his nation. Former Spook says the message is “They want nothing more than a better life for their children, and to live in peace, yada, yada, yada.”