The Pâ€™unggye-yok nuclear test site. See more photos at Global Crisis Watch.
Well, here we are. North Korea says it has conducted a nuclear test. The moment is nigh for the United Nations to follow through on its threat to retaliate with â€œunspecified action.â€
In the UN arsenal of inanities, that could of course mean anything from the Security Council expressing â€œdeep concernâ€ to the World Food Progam doubling its 2006 allocation of $102 million worth of aid â€” on Kim Jong Ilâ€™s terms â€” for â€œtransitional assistance.â€
But seriously, if the UN has any interest whatsoever in addressing the clear and present danger of a nuclear-bomb-brandishing North Korea, there is something the UN could do, pronto. It could expel North Korea.
Kim Jong-Il doesn’t give a DAMN about the United Nations and neither should the United States in ultimately dealing with North Korea’s nuclear threat.
Kick them out?
DIALOGUE in the United Nations as constrained/meaningless as it may be is better than UNINTENDED DEATH and DESTRUCTION.
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