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U.N. Approves China-Backed Sanctions on North Korea



The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions on Thursday against North Korea.


The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month in a unanimous vote that came just hours after North Korea threatened for the first time to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea.

The North Korean leadership, which had warned the Security Council not to approve the sanctions, said it was responding to threats already made against it, citing the American-South Korean military exercises currently under way as evidence the allies were preparing for “a nuclear war aimed to mount a pre-emptive strike” on North Korea.

The tougher sanctions impose penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade and were passed in a 15-0 vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation. China, the North’s longtime benefactor, helped the United States draft the sanctions resolution in what outside experts called a sign of Beijing’s growing annoyance with Pyongyang’s defiant behavior on the nuclear issue. The Chinese had entreated the North Koreans not to proceed with the Feb. 12 underground nuclear test, their third.

Both China and the United States presented the new constraints as adding significant pressure on North Korea. Whether it will change North Korea’s behavior is unknown.

“The strength, breadth and severity of these sanctions will raise the cost to North Korea of its illicit nuclear program and further constrain its ability to finance and source materials and technology for its ballistic missile, conventional and nuclear weapons programs,” the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice, told reporters after the vote.

“Taken together, these sanctions will bite and bite hard,” she said. “They increase North Korea’s isolation and raise the cost to North Korea’s leaders of defying the international community. “The entire world stands united in our commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and in our demand that North Korea comply with its international obligations.”

Li Baodong, the ambassador from China, which angered the North Korean government by supporting the sanctions, told reporters that his country was “committed to safeguarding peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula” and that the resolution also stressed the need for resumed talks.

“This resolution is a very important step, but one step cannot make a journey” he told reporters. “We need a comprehensive strategy to bring the situation back to dialogue. We need wisdom, persistence, perseverance.”

It remained unclear if China would be willing to go beyond the scope of the sanctions, cutting off fuel shipments and commercial trade that have in the past helped to keep the impoverished country functioning.

The resolution, which was drafted three weeks after the Feb. 12 underground test by North Korea, is the Security Council’s fourth against the reclusive North Korean government. It contains new restrictions that will block financial transactions, limit North Korea’s reliance on bulk transfers of cash, further empower other countries to inspect suspicious North Korean cargo, and expand a blacklist of items that the country is prohibited from importing. The sanctions also place new constraints on North Korean diplomats, raising their risk of expulsion from host countries.

Asked if she thought the sanctions would break the pattern of North Korean defiance of earlier punishments imposed by the Security Council, Ms. Rice said: “The choice lies with the decision that the North Korean leadership makes.”

She dismissed the North’s vows of a pre-emptive nuclear strike, saying “North Korea will achieve nothing by continued threats and provocations.”

American experts on North Korea said the more shrill invective was a characteristic response that should not be taken literally, but they did not dismiss it outright.

“I don’t believe they will carry through on these threats,” said Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and presidential candidate who has been an American emissary to North Korea, having traveled there eight times, most recently in January.

“It does mean a longer or sustained period of estrangement and negativity and lack of a diplomatic dialogue,” Mr. Richardson said. “I think to show their defiance, they may take some military steps, undefined military steps. I don’t know what they’ll do.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/08/world ... .html?_r=0

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:43 pm 
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Of course, India, Israel and Pakistan all have nuclear weapons - but the Western Nation's never seem to question the fact these countries have them - Pakistan has al Qaeda - it was the place Osama bin laden staying in residence for many years before being shot in the face and dumped into the indian ocean - without trial or anything embarrassing like that ( I mean - its not like the Western world would want to hear stories of him being supplied weapons to fight our enemies would it).

So there you have it - we select north korea to pick a fight on - they have slanty eyes, yellow skin and are obviously nut cases.

we forget about more dangerous states - because we like to think of them as friends - even though their track record is far worse than N korea - which as a country wouldn't actually exist now if it wasn't for China - who are now our friends and bought our iconic taxi.

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