Monday, January 21, 2013

U.S. circulates draft North Korea rebuke at UN

I do have to question the logic here:
The U.S.-Chinese deal, they said, was that Washington would forgo the idea of immediate new sanctions, while Beijing would accept the idea of a resolution instead of a statement. This makes the rebuke more forceful.
Some six weeks after north Korea violated UN Resolutions we might see the Security Council finally vote on a resolution that will contain no new sanctions and no substantive punishment for violating UN Resolutions yet because China would accept the idea of the Resolution it is somehow more forceful. Do we think that north Korea is really afraid of China and that it fears Chinese support of a "forceful rebuke?"   I think Kim Jong-un and his advisors will only be more emboldened to undertake future provocations (after they get done laughing about how they got away with something again).  Some of the winners in this will certainly be Kim Jong-un's advisors who can say "I told you so" - they knew that there would be no substantive response and no real punishment other than words.

U.S. circulates draft North Korea rebuke at UN
By Louis Charbonneau | Reuters – 49 mins ago

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council that would condemn North Korea for its December rocket launch and calls for tightening existing U.N. sanctions, diplomats said on Monday.

The draft was the result of a deal between the United States and China, the envoys said on condition of anonymity. Even though the draft does not call for any new sanctions against Pyongyang, diplomats said China's support for the resolution represented a significant diplomatic blow to Pyongyang.
"We hope to have a vote midweek," one diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

China said earlier on Monday that the Security Council needed to pass a cautious resolution on North Korea, adding that this was the best way to ensure regional tensions did not escalate further.
Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin voiced Moscow's backing for the draft text last week.
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