White House: US May Confront Ships Near N. Korea

The Obama administration says it is prepared to confront ships believed to be carrying contraband materials to North Korea but will not try to forcibly board them.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Friday that U.S. officials would seek permission to board and inspect such vessels in a bid to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions.

She said the ships would be directed to a nearby port for inspection if they could not be boarded at sea.

The U.N. Security Council on Friday punished North Korea for its second nuclear test by imposing tough new sanctions.

Rice said it would not be surprising if North Korea reacted to the sanctions with "further provocation."

Rice said: "There's reason to believe they may respond in an irresponsible fashion to this."

But she said the U.S. will focus on the enforcement of the multilateral sanctions, which she said she expects to have significant impact on North Korea's financing of its weapons and missile.


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  • by Wayne Location: Havelock on Jun 15, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    "Stop that ship!!! Or we will say it again!"
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2009 at 11:03 PM
    We will ask to board, they will say "shut up obuma" and we will go away.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jun 13, 2009 at 02:54 AM
    Obama sees himself as another Jack Kennedy. But he's no Jack Kennedy. How about a blockade?
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Jun 12, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    My words exactly pee dee
  • by M Location: Craven on Jun 12, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    Yeah this scares me.
  • by Margie Location: Jacksonville on Jun 12, 2009 at 04:33 PM
    We want Bush back. God at least he had some back bone unlike the weasel we have in office now. O, just hide under a rock and apoligize to all the terrist and fanatics. It will be ok. He is a joke !!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 12, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    The UN is the most expensive debating team in the world and as usless as teats on a snake.
  • by Aunt B Location: Greenville on Jun 12, 2009 at 02:28 PM
    Leave them alone, they are CRAZY!!
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    How stupid is this? We will ask permission to board the ship? If they refuse we will just leave them alone? Why even do anything? If they are carrying something we do not want them to have and they do not agree to our polite request, they can go on their merry way and we will do nothing. This is the stupidest thing I have read in a while. What a great way to send North Korea a message that we mean business.
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