Friday, October 20, 2006
The United States is tracking a North Korean ship described as suspicious by a U.S. official. The vessel left a North Korean port and may be carrying military equipment banned under UN sanctions imposed after North Korea carried out a nuclear test on Oct. 9.An unidentified U.S. official told reporters the vessel was suspicious and indicated its history was the reason for the surveillance. He didn't say when the boat left port or where it was. The United Nations Security Council on Oct. 14 voted to impose sanctions on North Korea after the country tested a nuclear bomb five days earlier. The resolution bars the sale or transfer of missiles, warships, tanks, attack helicopters and combat aircraft, as well as missile and nuclear-related goods to the North Korean government, and includes cargo searches for contraband material.