ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Myanmar again disgraces Asean
By David Swartzemtruber
The US government made no official announcement about the operation, the paper added. But it said US officials had described the episode as an example of how they can use a combination of naval power and diplomatic pressure to enforce UN sanctions imposed on North Korea after its 2009 nuclear test.
'This case had an interesting wrinkle: the ship was North Korean, but it was flagged in Belize,' one US official told The Times. And the authorities in Belize gave permission to the United States to inspect the ship, according to the report.
On May 26, somewhere south of Shanghai, the US destroyer McCampbell caught up with the cargo ship M/V Light and hailed it, asking to board the vessel under the authority given by Belize, The Times wrote.
Four times, the North Koreans refused. But a few days later, the cargo ship stopped dead in the water and turned back to its home port, tracked by US surveillance planes and satellites, the report said.
Myanmar once again proves to the world that its recent elections are a mere façade and the military are in firm control.
It would be a welcome step for some type of diplomatic intervention on the part of Asean, as the regional grouping is the closest contact to the outside world that Myanmar can boast. However, this is probably expecting too much from Asean.
Myanmar’s apparent desire to become a nuclear power in spite of the impoverishment of its citizens and disregard for human rights completes the picture of a renegade state with no intention of living up to the Asean Charter.
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