US Navy intercepted a North Korean ship, suspected of transporting missile technology to Myanmar (Burma), and eventually forced it to return to its country, two weeks ago.
Spero News reports that the incident took place on May 26. 2011, when a North Korean cargo ship M/V Light was intercepted off Chinese coast, near Shangai, by a US navy vessel--destroyer McCampbell. Flagged in Belize, the US Navy sought the permission of the Belize authorities to inspect the ship. The permission was granted, but the ship’s captain refused to allow inspection, more than once.
The ship was then monitored by the surveillance planes and satellites of US till it returned to North Korea a few days later.
The matter was not made public by the US and only came to media’s knowledge yesterday, June 13.
BBC News say that the White House has confirmed the story’s substance as received by media. It added that the US Navy staff watching the ship did not try to force its way inside the ship and let the ship return after the captain refused anyone getting on board for inspection. President Obama’s special assistant Gary Samore reportedly told South Korean media that the North Korean ship probably carried small arms/missiles to Burma.
According to AFP, so far the US government hasn’t made any official statement about the incident. It tells that days of “diplomatic wrangling” forced the ship to return to its country. The incident is said to have marked an instance of how the US can use force in combination with diplomacy to ensure North Korea follows the UN sanctions imposed on it after the country tested nuclear weapons in 2009.