Friday, June 26, 2009

More on the Kang Nam

News coverage on the Kang Nam seems spotty. Asian Times has the best article I've seen so far.

My interest in this is that President Obama vowed serious consequences for the North Koreans if they persist in their belligerence. So far, the U.S. has done next to nothing, and a U.S.N. spokesman says there are no plans to stop the Kang Nam.

We'll see soon if "serious consequences" means "white flag." But maybe it just means Kim Jong Il won't be eligible for stimulus funds.

6 July update: Kang Nam returns home without visiting any foreign port. According to Chosun Ilbo, economic pressure from Japan on the Burmese junta plus pursuit by the U.S. Navy were responsible. I'm quite relieved that whatever the Kim Jong il regime had planned didn't seem to work. Here's hoping for a continued string of failures for them.

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