Tuesday, May 26, 2009

ROK joins the PSI

Well, they really didn't have much else left to do to demonstrate just how angry they are. The Republic of Korea has joined the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).

This is the U.S.-led international effort to identify *and intercept* movements of materials and technology for the production of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Ballistic Missiles. It is basically a sense-seek-seize regime that looks most like the historical British Navy campaign to stop the Slave Trade on the high seas in the 19th Century. For General Information Only, here is the wikipedia entry on the PSI. Note links in the sources cited there to both pro- and anti- PSI sources (the argument is on legality of the seizures). The PSI does not target any specific nation, but it is commonly held that North Korea is the most active proliferator of banned weapons right now.


One other little detail...

...the reason the Republic of Korea had been holding off on joining the PSI was that the North Koreans (DPRK) have stated openly that if the ROK did so it would be a "declaration of war".

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