Monday, June 29, 2009

U.S. Closely Monitoring North Korean Ship

This is all well and good, but all shipping to and from North Korea needs close monitoring and perhaps interdiction, air traffic needs just as much scrutiny, along with rail shipments through China. The movement of missiles and technology from North Korea to Syria and Iran has to be stopped.


U.S. Closely Monitoring North Korean Ship
Sunday, June 28, 2009 3:21 PM

WASHINGTON – The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the U.S. is keeping close tabs on a suspected North Korea arms ship.
An American destroyer has been tracking the North Korean freighter sailing off China's coast, possibly on its way to Myanmar.

Ambassador Susan Rice says the U.S. is pursuing and following the ship's progress closely. But she is not saying what the U.S. actually might do on the high seas — such as whether to contact and request inspection.
It is the first ship to be monitored under a U.N. resolution that bans North Korea from selling a range of arms and weapons-related materiel. The resolution allows other countries to request boarding and inspection of such ships, but the ships don't have to give permission.
Rice spoke on CBS' "Face the Nation."