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US May Interdict North Korean Shipments

From a conflicted New York Times:

U.S. Weighs Intercepting North Korean Shipments

By DAVID E. SANGER

June 8, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration signaled Sunday that it was seeking a way to interdict, possibly with China’s help, North Korean sea and air shipments suspected of carrying weapons or nuclear technology.

The administration also said it was examining whether there was a legal basis to reverse former President George W. Bush’s decision last year to remove the North from a list of states that sponsor terrorism.

The reference to interdictions — preferably at ports or airfields in countries like China, but possibly involving riskier confrontations on the high seas — was made by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was the highest-ranking official to talk publicly about such a potentially provocative step as a response to North Korea’s second nuclear test, conducted two weeks ago…

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Mrs. Clinton said the United States feared that if the test and other recent actions by North Korea did not lead to “strong action,” there was a risk of “an arms race in Northeast Asia” — an oblique reference to the concern that Japan would reverse its long-held ban against developing nuclear weapons

North Korea has repeatedly said it would regard any interdiction as an act of war, and officials in Washington have been trying to find ways to stop the shipments without a conflict…

Mrs. Clinton seemed to reflect this concern in the interview on Sunday. “We will do everything we can to both interdict it and prevent it and shut off their flow of money,” she said. “If we do not take significant and effective action against the North Koreans now, we’ll spark an arms race in Northeast Asia. I don’t think anybody wants to see that.”

While Mrs. Clinton also said the State Department was examining whether North Korea should be placed back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, she acknowledged that there was a legal process for it. “Obviously we would want to see recent evidence of their support for international terrorism,” she said…

Does anyone believe that this is anything more than a feeble bluff?

This is the same Hillary Clinton that is threatening to put North Korea on the terrorist nation list. (After having mocked the phrase ‘Axis Of Evil’ for years.)

Never mind that they were on said list until just a couple of months ago, and it made not one jot of difference.

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Mrs. Clinton said the United States feared that if the test and other recent actions by North Korea did not lead to “strong action,” there was a risk of “an arms race in Northeast Asia” — an oblique reference to the concern that Japan would reverse its long-held ban against developing nuclear weapons.

Ah, yes. The real danger here is that Japan might decide to develop nuclear weapons.

Sheesh.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “US May Interdict North Korean Shipments”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    And to think, this whole threat / dictator with nukes problem could have been avoided if Clinton didn’t take the North Koreans at their word when they said, less belligerently than Iran, that they were not developing nukes.

    Playing Neville Chamberlain never pays off. Obama has yet to grasp this simple point. And seeing as Dems are in the mood to repeat the mistakes of the past, I suppose we’ll also have to deal with a nuclear Iran in 15 years.

    I seem to remember a comment by Reagan about not letting bullies onto one’s doorstep. But I suppose Reagan was old-fashioned and “all about America,” while Obama is above all that (to paraphrase that MSNBC guy).

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    How’s that Hope and Change scam working now?
    I’d love to say what I really feel but I may offend the ladies in this community and being the gentleman that I am, I’ll hold it for the pals @ the VFW.
    Jane Fonda has lots of company now………before she was the lone object of “Hate & Loathing” from the Veterans of America. Now …….. the list is long and pathetic!!

  3. proreason says:

    “The Obama administration signaled Sunday that it was seeking a way to interdict”

    rofl

  4. proreason says:

    “Playing Neville Chamberlain never pays off. Obama has yet to grasp this simple point”

    Everything Obama does is deliberate. He has hundreds, perhaps thousands, of staffers in the WH and elsewhere planning his every move. Reporters familiar with the White House can’t imagine how they are all crammed in the WH and surrounding office space.

    So, it’s not a failure of Obama to grasp that appeasement never works.

    He doesn’t want it to work.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”reverse former President George W. Bush’s decision last year to remove the North from a list of states that sponsor terrorism……”

      And it’s all George Bush’s fault. If only he hadn’t tried to talk and make with them……….

  5. Right of the People says:

    “The administration also said it was examining whether there was a legal basis to reverse former President George W. Bush’s decision last year to remove the North from a list of states that sponsor terrorism.”

    If Oblah-blah had any stones he’d do it himself by executive order but then it would be on HIS record. The scumbags want it both ways, blame Bush for not talking with them, then blame him for taking the little prick off the terrorist list. Sheesh, doesn’t anyone down in DC have any cajones? I thought the Hildabeast did but I guess she has to do what her master wants. I never thought I’d say this but I wish Billery had gotten the Dems nomination. I think she’d be a damned sight better that the socialist, Nazi bastard in the White House.

  6. TwilightZoned says:

    “…possibly with China’s help…”

    We can’t do anything without China’s help and Kim Joc Itch knows it. (Thanks LD. Good one.) Then again if China doesn’t want a boat load of N. Koreans flooding into their country they have have to appease to a certain degree. So Lil’ Kim is enjoying his power play right now.


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