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On CBS's Face the Nation, John McCain is asked how the United States should react if North Korea refuses to allow the United States' Navy to board their vessel with a suspicious cargo. Bob Schieffer failed to ask McCain to address what he'd recommend doing if North Korean troops started pouring into South Korea in retaliation, if the United States followed the Senator's advice.
Among its provisions, Resolution 1874 strengthens an existing arms embargo and expands it to include a ban on all weapons exports from North Korea. It also allows for the inspection of suspect cargo on ships and airplanes, and the confiscation and disposal of any banned items that are found.
Originally posted by kadugen
Unless NK's ship floats into a US port, boarding their ship is an act of war. They will then have reason to attack us. Like it or not, that's how it is.
Reverse the situation. What if NK was hyping the US in their own news as some evil monster for testing some weapons (within the US), they decided to deploy a fleet of warships off the coast of California (just in case), and decided to board some US ship on its way to Australia? I would imagine several people here in the US (and many commentators on Fox News) would interpret this as an act of war by NK.
Although on the news everyone is saying that we cannot board the ship without North Korea's permission.
On January 5, 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson, speaking at the National Press Club, articulated the American policy. He spoke of those countries that the US would defend with force: Japan, the Rykus islands and the Philippine Islands. Korea was left out. The withdrawal of the last American forces from Korea, as well as North Korean Kim's conviction that the US would not intervene, convinced the North Koreans to attempt to unify the country by force. The Soviets, led by Stalin, and the Chinese, led by Mao, concurred with both Kim's judgement about the United States and his plans to unify the country by force. In June, he struck.