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A South Korean intelligence official told the United States that a North Korean cargo ship appears to be headed toward Myanmar caring banned weapons. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitive nature of the information but it leaves us with a dilemma, do we provoke a crazy dictator without evidence? Kim Jong Il has declared that boarding the ship would be considered an act of war.

The current sanctions require U.N. member states to inspect vessels believed to be caring banned goods but North Korea is unlikely to allow any inspections. The USS John S. McCain is currently following the North Korean vessel but with no orders to intercept or board it.

With the current unrest in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan we certainly do not need another incident but that does not mean we can avoid it…. We have 28,500 reasons to proceed with caution, stationed in South Korea. North Korea has threatened launching a ballistic missile in the general direction of Hawaii on July 4th, but they have not tested the long range missile that can reach a target 4500 miles away.

Japan’s Coast Guard has received a notice from North Korea’s Maritime Authority banning all ships from the coast of northern North Korea and southeastern Russia between June 25 through July 10 "for military exercises." Japan does not seem to be threatened with this action.

Hopefully this will fizzle out, and perhaps I should heed the advice from the president when he told CBS “I don’t want to speculate on hypotheticals.”

Do you call a crazy man’s bluff or do what we have to do and deal with the consequences?