Canada U.S., Canada to discuss intercepting North Korean ships amid warnings such a move could spark war

16:31  12 january  2018
16:31  12 january  2018 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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The North Korean response at that time was blunt, as it is expected to be if the Vancouver conference decides on proceeding with the blockade/ intercept option. North Korea ’ s KCNA news agency carried a statement from a foreign ministry spokesman that such action could lead to nuclear war .

Some experts, such as North Korean Leadership Watch blog founder Michael Madden, have disputed that Kim Jong Nam was favored for the country's leadership. U . S ., Canada to discuss intercepting North Korean ships amid warnings such a move could spark war .

The Canadian-sponsored meeting that is supposed to come up with new ways to bring peace to the Korean peninsula is emerging as a conference that could develop military options to deal with North Korea.

The Canadian government has organized the meeting in Vancouver on Jan. 16 for various countries to come up with an international response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program. The plan is to seek “a more peaceful, prosperous and nuclear-free future” Korean Peninsula.

The Canadian conference is already being criticized because of the decision by the Canadian and U.S. governments to exclude China and Russia from the gathering. Those two nations, and in particular, China are key players in the region with influence on North Korea.

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As one of the North Korean ships approached the Pueblo with an armed boarding party on its deck, Bucher Tensions reached such a height that during this period, Adm. In a cable to Washington, Bonesteel warned the South Korean spy mission could have jeopardized the Pueblo negotiations.

While suspect ships have been intercepted before, the emerging strategy would expand the scope of such operations but stop short of imposing a naval BOARDING SHIPS . The initiative, which is being developed, would be fraught with challenges that could risk triggering North Korean retaliation and

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Sept. 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location.© AFP photo / KCNA via KNS This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Sept. 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location.

The Canadian Press and Agence France Press are reporting that the conference will examine various options to tighten the screws against North Korea, including intercepting its ships.

It’s unclear whether there will be discussions in Vancouver on the “first strike” option, which would see the U.S. and possibly other nations launch pre-emptive attacks on North Korea’s missile facilities.

But U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will co-host the Vancouver meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, has been pushing for the interception of North Korean vessels.

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He raised the issue in mid-December.

The North Korean response at that time was blunt, as it is expected to be if the Vancouver conference decides on proceeding with the blockade/intercept option. North Korea’s KCNA news agency carried a statement from a foreign ministry spokesman that such action could lead to nuclear war.

“Should the United States and its followers try to enforce the naval blockade against our country, we will see it as an act of war and respond with merciless self-defensive counter-measures as we have warned repeatedly,” the statement in mid-December pointed out.

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