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Sanctioning North Korea
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, October 12, 2006

China is getting all spaghetti-spined about the possibility of sanctions now. After initially saying they were ready to consider "punitive action", China now thinks we should understand that this shouldn't be about "punishing" North Korea.

Really? So how does one get across to an intransigent mule?

Meanwhile Japan is asking for very tough sanctions including a total embargo on exports from North Korea and a ban against the use of foreign ports and airports by North Korean ships and airplanes. Hmmm ... exports from North Korea? What's that, missiles, bombs, counterfit US money and Chinese trains?

Anyway, to the resolution. Here's what the US is proposing:
The draft resolution, the second proposed by the United States, also would freeze the assets of persons or entities involved in supporting North Korea's nuclear or ballistic missile programs and would ban international travel by such persons.


In addition to condemning the nuclear test that North Korea claimed to have carried out Monday, the U.S. draft resolution demands that Pyongyang "not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile" and return to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty."

It also calls for North Korea to "eliminate . . . in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner" its nuclear weapons and nuclear programs, as well as "other weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs."

The resolution would bar the supply, sale or transfer to North Korea of all weapons and luxury goods and any equipment or technology that could contribute to its nuclear programs or those related to ballistic missiles or other weapons of mass destruction.

It would empower member states to "undertake and facilitate inspection of cargo to or from [North Korea] as necessary to ensure compliance" with the resolution and to prevent illicit trafficking in banned items.

The resolution also calls for establishment of a Security Council committee to monitor the sanctions and come up with a list of individuals and entities subject to the asset freeze and other penalties.
China only wants sanctions very narrowly focused on WMDs and ballistic missiles. And it's not real keen on the asset freezes or the travel bans. So the obvious possibility if this resolution is presented is a Chinese Security Council veto.

Another stumbling block may be the insistence by the US (and Japan) that this be a "Chapter 7" resolution.
A resolution under Chapter 7 can be enforced militarily, a step opposed by China, which wants to excluded any implicit reference to the use of military force against North Korea.
Iraq was under a Chapter 7 resolution.
Bolton told reporters at the United Nations that the resolution's reference to acting under Chapter 7 should not be an issue. "It is simply incorrect" that the phrase "somehow authorizes the use of force," he said. He insisted that such a reference is standard language for sanctions resolutions.
Yeah, well let me say this again ... Iraq was under a Chapter 7 resolution and that was one of our justifications, under international law, for taking action. So I can understand a reticence by China to agree to something it doesn't want.

OTOH, if they go with the normal UN resolution which has no enforcement teeth, they may as well not waste their time.

Perhaps it is time to write an enforcable resolution that precludes military action but leaves it on the table as an option at a later time, if the entire SC votes for such action.

I know, common sense, and it is the UN we're talking about here so forget I said anything.

In the meantime the usual game of UN dithering, drafting, denouncing and denial is in full swing in NYC.
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Previous Comments to this Post 


I believe Chinese trains would be one of the top North Korea imports, not exports.

But also, are we sure it was a nuclear explosion now? I seem to remember Australia and France not detecting the tell tale signs of a nuclear blast such as noble gases.
Written By: ChrisB
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I believe Chinese trains would be one of the top North Korea imports, not exports.
Well they’re imports when you keep them and exports when you try to sell them for cash.
But also, are we sure it was a nuclear explosion now? I seem to remember Australia and France not detecting the tell tale signs of a nuclear blast such as noble gases.
You know what, Chris ... I don’t think that really matters anymore.
Written By: McQ
I think you’re right. Whether they faked it or not, the world should treat it as a real nuclear blast.

Just would make me feel better knowing they weren’t able to pull it off.
Written By: ChrisB
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Really? So how does one get across to an intransigent mule?
If I recall rightly, General Patton had a rather effective solution to the mule communications issue.
Written By: Bithead
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China’s more scared of a Pyongyang regime collapse than a nuclear DPRK. The former is a far bigger threat to them.
Written By: Nathan
I keep telling you, the Chinese are just playing us, they ABSOLUTELY control N Korea. If Hu Geni-tals tells Kim to jump, Kim has to jump. The control nearly all of the NORKs energy and food supply.
Written By: kyle N
kyle N,
Unfortunately, you’re wrong. On all counts.
Written By: Nathan
There’s way to bring pressure to bear on China....I’m thinking it’s about time to see a "leak" floated about us considering giving Taiwan some tactical nukes. Or I’m sure there’s some economic/military thingee we could discuss with Japan or India.

It’s time to forget talks with NOK, it’s time to publicly and loudly make it clear to the world that we consider N Korea China’s puppet state, and we’ll act against China as best we can if they don’t rein in their proxy.
Written By: Shark
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I’m told the next UN debate will re-visit the decision about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
The French already don’t like whatever answer will be arrived at.
Written By: looker
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