Saturday, October 14, 2006

UN Security Council sets sanctions against North Korea

Highlights: No blockade, but something more vague dubbed "stop and search" ... luxury restrictions aimed at the appetites of Kim (good luck enforcing) ... Drafts of the resolution rule out military action ... But, the resolution falls under Section 7.

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- The U.N. Security Council on Saturday voted unanimously to impose sanctions against North Korea in response to the country's claimed nuclear test.

The 15-0 vote for Resolution 1718 sent a "clear and strong message" to North Korea, said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton.


Rather than mandating stop and search operations, "the resolution will say to countries to inspect as necessary all goods going in and out of North Korea," CNN's Richard Roth reported.

The aim is to stop materials and technology that could be used for nuclear weapons production from going to or from North Korea.

In his remarks after the resolution's passage, Chinese Ambassador to the U.N. Wang Guangya urged restraint in carrying out the resolution's stop and search provisions.

He said that all parties must "avoid any acts that may cause escalation of tension" in the region.


While details of the draft resolution were incomplete, diplomats said it could prevent materials for weapons programs and luxury goods from being sold to North Korea.

The language is directed at North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who has a long, documented record of living a life of luxury while his people wasted away in famine. On Friday Bolton said, "The North Korean population's been losing average height and weight over the years, and maybe this will be a little diet for Kim Jong Il."


On Friday the Japanese Cabinet approved wide-ranging sanctions against North Korea.


A preliminary analysis of air samples from North Korea shows "radioactive debris consistent with a North Korea nuclear test," according to a statement sent to U.S. lawmakers Friday from the office of Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte.

If the evidence is confirmed, the United States would be in a position to say the North Korean test was nuclear, a U.S. official told CNN Friday.


To build support for the resolution, the United States has agreed to some changes. They include dropping a ban on North Korean imports and exempting money intended for purchases of food and medicine from a freeze on North Korean assets. Language encouraging further diplomatic efforts also was added to the latest version.

However, the U.S. proposal still calls for an arms embargo and a ban on materials that could be used in nuclear or missiles programs. The proposal also seeks a ban on travel by North Korean officials, an embargo on luxury goods and inspections of cargo imports and exports.

China has expressed concern that because the proposed sanctions fall under Section 7 of the U.N. Charter, which makes them binding on all member states, they could lead to a blockade or even military action to enforce them.

Versions of the draft resolution late Friday ruled out military action against North Korea, in response to pressure from China and Russia, the AP reported.
When it is made available, resolution 1718 will be posted by the United Nations on this website.


Blogger Chuck said...

Of some importance was the North Korean UN Ambassador's statement that continued pressure by the US will be considered a declaration of war.

Is this a double secret North Korean declaration of war on us? Frankly, I think so. If the North Koreans could do it they would launch a nuke at us today.

What youu ask should we do about it? Asassination of Kim Jong Il would be a very good start. If he were croaked it would be a relief to the Chinese and the Russians, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if one of them did the croaking.

4:48 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

If Kim Jong Il starts reporting on Chechnya, I think he's as good as dead in Putin's book.

4:49 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

In all seriousness though, these other "great" (my mind: middling) powers want the United States to take the heat and they'll sit more or less idle, casting an objection or an aspersion as they see fit. The few powers I actually "trust" (as much as one can) are the Japanese, the British and the Australians.

I think it's time to send China and North Korea a message. Let's start building a world class offensive Japanese military.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

... I actually "trust" as much aa one can.
If I read you correctly, we are on the same wavelength. I trust the Brits, Aussies and Japanese more than I trust any other countries but it is a guarded trust. The Aussies and Brits have helped us out on a couple of occasions. The Japanese, I think, had a rude awakening with the NoKo nuclear test and will be scrambling to strengthen their alliance with us. I also think the Japanese are going to develop a much more robust military and drop their defence only stance.

When Blair leaves office, all bets are off with the Brits. They are entangled with the EU and are slowly giving away their soveriegnty(sp). I think the Japanese and Australians will form a close alliance as a result of the NoKo threat.

7:48 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

We are on the same wavelength.

7:58 PM  

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