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(NEWSER) – Sweden is continuing to scour its waters for a foreign vessel suspected to be a Russian submarine and says that if it has to, it will use weapons to force it to the surface.

The main point of the operation, which is now in its sixth day, "is to send a very clear signal that Sweden and its armed forces are acting and are ready to act when we think this kind of activity is violating our borders," the Swedish military's supreme commander tells the Local. "Our aim now is to force whatever it is up to the surface ... with armed force, if necessary." But he admits that submarines are "extremely difficult" to find: The only time Sweden captured a Soviet sub during the Cold War was when one ran aground near a major military base.

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