Tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world have risen.
In the afterglow of the US-North Korea summit, Pyongyang's deplorable human rights record lurks in the shadows. Observers say that there can be no progress until the Kim regime accepts major humanitarian reforms.
The UN Security Council has blacklisted dozens of ships and companies for helping North Korea evade sanctions. The move ups pressure on Pyongyang as Kim Jong Un prepares to meet with US and South Korean counterparts.
The aircraft will seek to determine if North Korean ships are violating UN sanctions by transporting prohibited goods. The announcement came a day after North and South Korea pledged to denuclearize the peninsula.
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