North Korean ship suspected of carrying weapons heading back home?

June 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Remember that North Korean ship called the Kang Nam being shadowed by a U.S. Navy destroyer, under the new U.N. sanctions that bar Pyongyang from exporting weapons?  It appears it has changed course (confirmed) and may be heading home (speculated).  The ship was originally reportedly headed for Myanmar, a renegade country in their own right, long suspected of buying North Korean arms. 

North Korea has spouted loudly that stopping one of their ships would be considered an act of war. Anticipation of trouble was building as the U.S. Navy was prepared to try to stop or escort to shore the Kang Nam, which is suspected of carrying missiles or related parts banned by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874. While Myanmar was uncertain to cooperate, the ship will likely stop in Singapore first, a U.S. ally and the regional refueling hub for ships. Singapore said it would act “appropriately” if the vessel docks at its ports.  But now it appears that North Korea has blinked and is not going to push the confrontion for now.  Kim Tae-woo, vice president of the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, told the Korea Herald “If the ship is on its way back, it would mean that Resolution 1874 is taking effect and causing the North to retreat.”   Let’s hope so!


Comments

One Response to “North Korean ship suspected of carrying weapons heading back home?”

  1. Old Man Dotes on June 30th, 2009 4:39 pm

    It may simply mean that the Kang Nam was a decoy, and whatever it was meant to distract from has been completed.

    If you’re not paranoid, then you’re not paying attention.

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