SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST: With John Bolton leading the charge against North Korea, the US would have no qualms about breaking international law at sea, or probably anywhere else | THE POLITICAL AVENUE™

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SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST: With John Bolton leading the charge against North Korea, the US would have no qualms about breaking international law at sea, or probably anywhere else

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The US is frustrated by North Korea’s continuing violation of UN sanctions by using rogue vessels to import and export banned cargo, sometimes transferring the cargo at sea. So it wants to interdict suspect vessels on the high seas, using force if necessary. The problem is that doing so without the consent of the flag state would violate the international law of the sea. 

John Bolton, the US national security adviser, is taking the lead on this. He is well suited to the task. He seems to have…