U.S. officials say a North Korean vessel suspected of ferrying weapons in violation of a new U.N. resolution has a U.S. destroyer on its tail. The destroyer has been following the Kang Nam since it set sail
and headed along China's coast. The waterway chase could mark the
first test of a U.N. resolution that authorizes member states to
inspect North Korean vessels suspected of carrying banned
materials. The sanctions are punishment for an underground nuclear test conducted by the regime last month. Experts say the North's ship will need to refuel soon and nearby Singapore is promising to "act appropriately" if the ship docks at its port. The North, for its part, has said it will consider interception "an act of war." An editorial in its main newspaper today warned, "a nuclear war could happen with any accidental factor due to the sanctions."