U.S. Sinks N. Korean Ship Bound For Iran?

Gateway Pundit is reporting the possible downing of a North Korean ship bound for Iran with cargoes of enriched uranium and nuclear equipment. The only source for this so far is The Debka File.
It was reported earlier this month that while the North Korean 2006 test demonstrated the viability and reliability of North Korea’s Scud- and Nodong-class systems, it left open the status of the three ballistic missile systems that the Korean People’s Army (KPA) recently placed, or is placing, into service as testing on North Korea short-range missile systems has been quietly ongoing.

In reports first published by DEBKAfile, American naval and air forces intercepted two North Korean vessels clandestinely en route for Iran with cargoes of enriched uranium and nuclear equipment in the past month. The shutdown of Pongyong’s nuclear facilities has made these items surplus to North Korea’s requirements and the Islamic Republic was more than willing to pay a hefty price for the goods.

On July 12, the second intercepted North Korean freighter was sunk in the Arabian Sea.

This ain’t by any means, a sure thing without further corroboration in the media.

 UPDATE:

How about the  ACG-CIS?  Here’s what they are reporting:

It was not immediately clear why, around July 10, 2007, the Syrian nationals, primarily engaged in construction, trades and agricultural occupations, should have vacated Lebanon without notice.  The nationals were noticed to have returned to Beirut and the Jordan Valley by July 21, 2007.

ACG-CIS is of the opinion that the approximate 10-day absence may have been in part due to a warning system alerting the nationals to the possibility of an impending military or terror strike against Israel and other western interests in the region.

According a number of news sources, officials and clerics from Syria and Iran met during this time period reportedly to draw plans and scenarios for proposed attacks and increased activity against western interests in both the Mid East region and elsewhere. Those talks ended last week with no official announcements from any of the participants.

ACG-CIS, based upon further analysis, believe that the nationals were warned of an apparent military style strike or strikes as Hezbollah was reported to be moving missiles in civilian populated areas throughout southern Lebanon. This movement along with the involvement of the Iranian president, an adamant believer in nuclear technology and development, lead to concerns about the possibility of a military style “dirty bomb” nuclear attack or a ballistic missile attack involving nuclear weapons purchased from North Korea.

In reports first published by DEBKAfile, American naval and air forces intercepted two North Korean vessels clandestinely en route for Iran with cargoes of enriched uranium and nuclear equipment in the past month. The shutdown of Pongyong’s nuclear facilities has made these items surplus to North Korea’s requirements and the Islamic Republic was more than willing to pay a hefty price for the goods.

On July 12, the second intercepted North Korean freighter was sunk in the Arabian Sea by torpedoes fired from a US submarine 100 miles southeast of the Iranian naval base-port of Chah Bahar. Delivery of its freight of enriched weapons-grade uranium and equipment and engines for manufacturing more fissile material including plutonium in its hold could have jump-forwarded Iran’s nuclear bomb and warhead project, lopping off at least a year of work. For this Iran’s rulers were ready to reportedly pay out a cool $500 million.

A few hours earlier, President Bush received an intelligence briefing on the vessel, its freight and destination. Apparently the shipment was brought forward by several weeks to evade detection by UN nuclear inspectors scheduled to visit Pyongyang this week to verify the dismantling of its nuclear facilities.

US airplanes had been tracking the freighter and picked up signs of radioactivity, indicating the presence of nuclear materials aboard.

President Bush had the option of ordering US Marines to board the vessel or to sink it. He decided on the latter – both because the North Korean freighter was approaching an area patrolled by Iranian naval units and seizure of the vessel by American marines might have provoked a clash; secondly, it was the better choice in order to avoid exposing US troops to radioactive contamination. American naval and air units in the Persian Gulf, Middle East and seas opposite North Korea were ordered to go on a high state of readiness and the torpedo the North Korean vessel was accomplished without delay.

Verrrrry interesting.

11 thoughts on “U.S. Sinks N. Korean Ship Bound For Iran?

  1. I wonder how maritime insurance works between dictators and lunatics? I’m pretty sure Lloyd’s of London wasn’t underwriting this shipment. 🙂

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  2. I don’t know anything about debka. Gateway Pundit DID mention that they’re not always the most accurate.

    I just thought I’d throw it out there.

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  3. Oh, and my skepticism is based largely on “there’s no reason we’d have to sink an unarmed vessel 100 miles out”. We are perfectly capable of tracking it. intercepting it, boarding and searching it. We’d have a far better case before the world showing them proof than just sinking it because “we said so”.

    It would just be stupid to sink it.

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  4. Sometimes it is better to shoot and ask later. As it is, evidence plays no rôle anymore. Our allies will support us regardless of the evidence, and our opponents will condemn us no matter how convincing the evidence.

    There are good reasons to keep the issue on the down-low. We can’t let North Korea or Iran (or dictators or autocrats) gloat over any success, perceived or actual.

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  5. I would imagine the Environmentalists would have kittens if they knew that a boatload of radioactive materials was sunk.

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