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:   Ottawa Citizen

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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 .

US, Canada to discuss intercepting North Korean ships amid warnings such a move could spark

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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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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Any agreement on naval action against North Korean shipping could result in the deployment of Canadian warships and other naval vessels into the area, and is certain to spark anger and threats from Pyongyang. But it could also put Canada , the U . S . and their allies at further odds with China

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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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