Axis of evil: No news of N.Korean ship
AFP/25 June 2009
Yangon – Myanmar’s state media said on Wednesday it was expecting the arrival of a rice-bearing North Korean ship but had no news about a vessel being tracked by a US Navy destroyer under new UN sanctions.The comments came after US officials said a North Korean ship, the Kang Nam 1, was the first to be monitored under a UN resolution designed to punish Pyongyang over a nuclear test and could be headed to Myanmar.
Military-ruled Myanmar’s government-controlled media said a separate cargo ship from North Korea carrying thousands of tonnes of grain was due to arrive from India at the end of the week.
‘It is learnt that the MV Dumangang cargo ship from DPRK (North Korea) will arrive in Myanmar about June 27 carrying 8,000 tonnes of rice from Kolkata, India,’ state media said.
It said that foreign media had been ‘spreading reports these days that the Kang Nam cargo ship which left Nampo port, North Korea on June 17 was heading to Myanmar.’ No information was available regarding ‘this Kang Nam cargo ship’ it added.
A US defence official said on Monday that the Kang Nam 1 was being tracked by a US Navy destroyer under the UN sanctions adopted following this month’s underground atomic test by North Korea and could be headed to Myanmar.
The Aegis destroyer USS John S. McCain was continuing to shadow the cargo ship. South Korea’s YTN television news channel, citing an unnamed intelligence source, reported on Sunday the Kang Nam 1 was suspected of carrying missiles or related parts and was heading for Myanmar via Singapore.
The 2,000-tonne ship left the western North Korean port of Nampo on June 17, with Myanmar set as its final destination, YTN said.