Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Are we on the verge of WW3?

YAHOONews is reporting:

N. Korea ship, maybe with weapons, passes Shanghai

SEOUL, South Korea – A North Korean ship suspected of carrying illicit weapons cruised through waters off Shanghai on Tuesday en route to Myanmar, a news report said, as regional military officials and a U.S. destroyer kept a close eye on the vessel.

Debkafile comments on the situation:

US military strike at North Korean vessel would send Tehran a strong signal

...US president Barack Obama appears to be on course for a military showdown with North Korea,.... Military sources in Japan and South Korea report US satellites and the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain are shadowing a North Korean vessel suspected of carrying weapons for Myanmar. Their target is currently 322 kilometers south of Shanghai. It is expected to make its way through the Strait of Malacca for possible refueling in Singapore.

...DEBKAfile's military sources report that no official in Washington, Seoul or Tokyo can say whether the US and North Korea are heading for a naval clash, a limited air engagement or possibly a small incident that could get out of hand and blow up into a major encounter.