Friday, June 12, 2009

A New Korean War?

White House: US may confront ships near N Korea

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Friday it is prepared to confront ships believed to be carrying contraband materials to North Korea but will not try to forcibly board them, in accordance with new U.N. sanctions.

White House officials said they expect North Korea to act "irresponsibly" to the sanctions, imposed Friday by the U.N. Security Council in response to the communist nation's recent nuclear tests. The sanctions include expanding an arms embargo and authorizing searches of ships thought to be carrying banned items to North Korea, such as materials that could be used in weapons.

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Could the U.S. Be Drawn into a New Korean War?

North Korea, in fact, announced on May 27 that it was withdrawing from the armistice. It declared it could no longer guarantee the safety of ships sailing through the Yellow Sea off its western coast, and would no longer respect the legal status of several islands off South Korea's coast. It also vowed to attack South Korea if North Korean vessels suspected of smuggling nuclear and missile components are stopped and searched by a U.S.-led U.N. naval armada - a proposal currently under discussion.

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S Korea braces for possible 3rd nuke test by North

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea braced Friday for a possible new nuclear test by North Korea, which a U.S. official said might occur despite looming U.N. sanctions on the communist state for its second atomic blast in May.

Given the North's track record of provocative behavior and defiance of the United Nations, "common sense" indicates that it is preparing for another nuclear test, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae said Friday.

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