U.S. "Exercise" Targets North Korea

October 25, 2004

On October 26, the U.S. is organizing another military exercise in Asian waters as part of its "Proliferation Security Initiative."

The exercise, outside Tokyo Bay, will involve military vessels, aircraft and personnel from the U.S., Japan, Australia and France.

Sources close to the exercise agree one of its main purposes is to send the North Koreans a message that they are being closely watched for any attempt "to ship weapons of mass destruction or dangerous materials, particularly to international terror groups."

The first exercise was carried out in September 2003.

U. S. officials have also openly admitted that such "aggressive interdiction" exercises are targeting North Korea and other so-called rogue states by threatening to board and seize their vessels in international waters and airspace.

The so-called "Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)" is a flagrant violation of international law. It is, in fact, nothing short of sea and air piracy and another sign that the U.S. is dangerously stepping up its aggression against North Korea and preparing for a possible blockade against the country.