Friday, June 19, 2009

USS John McCain Positioning for Intercept of North Korean Ship: More Radioactive Kimchi for Syria?

First off, the USS McCain is named after John McCain - the father of Senator McCain. The senior McCain was an admiral. And, it's the same ship whose sonar array hit a Chinese submarine. Near Subic Bay off the Philippines. But it was an accident, apparently. (CHINAdaily)

Now, what's actually important is that there's reason to believe North Korea is shipping weapons material: in violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution passed a week ago. The material may be on the North Korean ship Kang Nam.

The USS McCain has moved to a position where it can intercept the Kang Nam, but hasn't received orders to do so.

The Security Council resolution seems to be very careful about just what can be done, if North Korea is suspected of smuggling contraband weapons material out.
"...If the North Koreans refuse to allow a US crew to search the ship, the US could order it into the nearest port. Failing that, the USS John McCain could closely follow the ship until it reaches a port. The US would then be entitled to demand, under the UN sanctions agreement, that that country inspect the ship...." (
Sounds reasonable.

All Countries are Not the Same

On the other hand, the part about the country on the receiving end being willing - or interested - in inspecting the ship is something I'm not so sure about. The resolution, as described by the Guardian, seems to assume that whatever country is receiving North Korean weapons material will be perfectly willing to do an open and honest inspection.

That assumption might be fairly reasonable, if every country were like America, or Italy, or Indonesia. But, let's say the Kang Nam is headed for Syria.

Does anyone seriously believe that the Syrian government would search the ship and find weapons material? When the shipping order is probably to that reactor that Syria didn't have, at the warehouse - or agricultural lab - that wasn't there? (May 5, 2008)

Still - A Deal is a Deal

Apparently, that's what the resolution says, so the American navy will, I'm confident, abide by it. I'm nowhere near 'sophisticated' enough to believe that the American armed forces are composed mostly of psychotic murderers, sadists, and pathological liars.

As a military source said, "...'This is a very delicate situation and no one is interested in precipitating a confrontation.'..." (FOXNews)

We Come in Peace: But We're Not Stupid

Apparently, anti-missile defense systems are being moved into place near Hawaii, just in case North Korea 'test fires' a 'communications satellite.'

Whatever else can be said about this period: it isn't boring.

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