On being told that the cargo of the North Korean ship would be inspected as soon as it reached port, the Kan Nam turned around and headed back towards North Korea. The U.S.S. Lassen continues the shadowing of the vessel which began when the Kan Nam left North Korea. The Kan Nam was known for weapons proliferation, and was suspected of again carrying illicit armaments.
The United States has also instituted more strict monetary sanctions against North Korea, by cutting off North Korean banks, Hong Kong Electronics (which is owned by North Korea and was giving nuclear weapons technology to Iran) and Nam Chang Gang (which was instrumental in building the Syrian nuclear production plant later bombed by Israel). This, according to Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, in an attempt to “financially strangle the Kim Jong IL Regime.”