US Navy Tracks Suspicious Ship From North Korea

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2009 8:02 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The new sanctions in place against Pyongyang have their first test: The US is monitoring a North Korean ship that left port today and may be carrying illegal weapons, reports Reuters. The Navy is keeping the Kang Nam in its sights in international waters as a "subject of interest." Officials wouldn't say precisely what the ship is suspected of carrying or where it's headed.

The development follows an earlier report that North Korea may launch a missile in the direction of Hawaii on or around July 4. As a precautionary measure, defense chief Robert Gates has deployed anti-missile systems and advanced radar around the island. "Without telegraphing what we will do, I would just say we are in a good position—should it become necessary—to protect American territory." (Read more North Korea stories.)