Did Kim Chong Il just blink?
A North Korean ship being tracked by the United States Navy on suspicion of transporting weapons to Burma has turned around, US officials have said.
They said they did not know where the ship was now heading, but South Korean media said it was going home.
It has been described as a known weapons trader. Burma denied any connection with it.
After sailing southwards past China, the Kong Nam apparently turned around and headed back up north.
One official said it was just south of Hong Kong on Tuesday. Others noted it had started travelling very slowly, perhaps to conserve fuel.
“We’ve no idea where it’s going,” the official said. “The US didn’t do anything to make it turn around.”
Maybe. Or maybe this was one of those “test resolve” type cases.