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POLITICS: Japan, U.S., Allies Start Naval Security Exercise Near North Korea

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posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 05:22 AM
Calling it a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) drill, ships from Japan, the United States, Australia and France are currently conducting operations in the waters outside to Tokyo, Japan. This is the twelfth exercise of this type that the U.S. has held, but it is the first so close to North Korea. The placement and timing of the exercise is no doubt meant to send a message to the North Korea.
ABOARD JAPAN COAST GUARD VESSEL IZU (Reuters) - Ships from Japan, the United States, Australia and France steamed out to sea under cloudy skies on Tuesday for Asia's first naval exercise to clamp down on weapons of mass destruction, a drill that communist North Korea has called hostile and provocative.

The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) drill in waters off Tokyo is the 12th of its kind in the U.S.-led initiative but the first to be held in the backyard of North Korea, a clear focus of the exercise.

It also coincides with a visit to the region by Secretary of State Colin Powell to try to resuscitate six-party negotiations on scrapping North Korea's nuclear arms programs.

Pyongyang has repeatedly criticized the U.S.-led initiative as an attempt by Washington to strangle it economically.

But Washington's main anti-proliferation point-man, John Bolton, dismissed Pyongyang's complaints.

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The North Korean government has criticized the exercise and an attempt to strangle it economically. However, John Bolton, , U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control, said "The only people who have anything to worry about from PSI are proliferators". The exercise involving 9 ships will simulate a special forces assault on two ships believed to be carrying weapons of mass destruction. Eighteen other countries including Britain, Canada, Italy, Spain and Russia, are in attendance as observers.

posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 08:55 AM
This is a message-LOUD AND CLEAR- to N Korea about exporting weapons of mass distruction by boat.
We all know N Korean technology has been found in Iranian missles as well as in other countries.
N Korea has made grand claims of having several nuclear weapons and I am sure is not beyond giving/selling to someone to be used against the US or it's allies/assets.
Some people seem to think that N Korea does not have nuclear weapons-if not they have very overplayed their hand in attempt to blackmail for money and free resources-they have done this before.

posted on Oct, 28 2004 @ 02:20 PM
I aggree with ^^^^^^^^.

North Korea is the single largest enemy of the free world. While not large in actual size and numbers, its actions speak more than any numbers could. Nearly all terrorst armorment (weapons) except for guns can be traced back to Iran and then back to North Korea. The cycle is that North Korea gets technology from China then distributes it to Iran which then distributes it arround the Middle East. This action alone isn't enough. North Korea needs to be stopped before it is too late.


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