USS John McCain to Intercept N. Korean Ship Kang Nam: Nuke Fears
A U.S. navy destroyer, the USS John McCain, is planning to intercept a North Korean ship Kang Nam that is "suspected of proliferating [nuclear] weapons material".
The US military deployed the USS John McCain on Friday after learning that the Kang Nam had left North Korea headed for Singapore.
The US military has been tracking the ship for two days and believes that it could be "carrying weaponry" or, potentially, nuclear materials.
Earlier this week, North Korea threatened to fire a ballistic missile toward Hawaii. The United States stepped up its defense presence in Hawaii in response.
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The USS John McCain, a navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The order to inderdict has not been given yet, but the ship is getting into position.
The ship left a port in North Korea Wednesday and appears to be heading toward Singapore, according to a senior U.S. military source. The vessel, which the military has been tracking since its departure, could be carrying weaponry, missile parts or nuclear materials, a violation of U.N. Resolution 1874, which put sanctions in place against Pyongyang.
The USS McCain was involved in an incident with a Chinese sub last Friday - near Subic Bay off the Philippines.