US Seeks UN Consent To Board, Inspect North Korean Ships

North Korean ships

The United States is asking the UN Security Council to approve a plan for the military to interdict North Korean ships at sea.

If the plan is not approved, the US warns of consequences that will negatively affect the world economy.

If the plan is approved, then it ought to be a recipe for nuclear war and world war three, involving the DPRK, US, and all the other members of the Security Council.

The last time the world was witness to dramatic nuclear showdown on the high seas was during the Cuban missile crisis, when JFK was in charge.

Anti War reports:

The resolution includes broad language allowing the US Navy and Air Force to capture and board North Korean ships at sea, and to use “all necessary measures” to force them to reveal if they are complying with the ban.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley is looking for a vote by Monday, though it seems like any language within the bill about interdiction of North Korean ships is likely to be removed at the behest of both China and Russia if the resolution is to survive at all.

China is said to be interested in showing that they are “cooperating” with the US on some sort of UN resolution, though Russia has been more frank about opposing more sanctions. Either way, the US goal seems to be leaving at least some of the language about the interdiction within, and then treating that as permission.

The resolution is more than just a way to try to enforce and unenforceable embargo. The US plan is to militarily board North Korean ships, and officials are conceding that’s almost certainly a recipe for military confrontation.

The Treasury Department warned on Wednesday that if the UN action is blocked the US might go through with imposing a ban on all US trade with dozens of nations that trade with North Korea. Such a move would have disastrous economic consequences worldwide.

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