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.)