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'India acted under law on NKorean ship'

Refraining from commenting over the detention of a North Korean ship by Indian authorities, a top US official on Friday said New Delhi might have been acting under international and domestic law.

world Updated: Aug 14, 2009 11:52 IST

Refraining from commenting over the detention of a North Korean ship by Indian authorities, a top US official on Friday said New Delhi might have been acting under international and domestic law.

"We've gotten some of the facts in the case, a North Korean ship anchored in Indian territorial waters without notification, without permission. When it was approached, it didn't answer. It was acting suspiciously," said Philip S Goldberg, Coordinator for Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1874.

"The Indian government then took action to bring it into port," Goldberg told reporters at a special State Department
briefing on North Korea.

"The fact is that the Indian Government may have been acting under international law."

Goldberg is leading a delegation next week to Asia as part of US efforts to ensure implementation of the UN
Resolutions 1874 and 1718, which are aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear, missile, and proliferation activities.

He would be accompanied by representatives from the Treasury Department, National Security Council, and the
Department of Defense.

He had previously visited China, Malaysia, Russia, and the UN, and held meetings in Washington with the European and
other countries. On this trip, the US delegation will be going to Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, and Japan.

Responding to a question, Goldberg said he does not have any plan to visit India at this point of time, but there are
possibilities.

"As for a trip, not something that's been decided at this point, but would leave open that possibility," he said.