A new U.S. draft Security Council resolution circulated Thursday night would authorize only non-military sanctions against North Korea and require a new U.N. resolution for any further action, a key demand of China.
The draft, obtained by The Associated Press would only allow non-military sanctions such as economic penalties, breaking diplomatic relations or banning air travel.
It also eliminates a previously proposed blanket arms embargo. And it urges North Korea to speedily implement a September 2005 agreement in which it pledged to give up its nuclear program in exchange for aid and security guarantees.
A fairly weak sauce resolution.Â But, will China and Russia EVEN support this one?
Certainly, this is not a provocative action but is it TOO WEAK?
Absolutely, but for the United Nations this may be all that can be accomplished.Â If it is, then, the United Nations sinks into the abyss of the League of Nations.
A South Korean activist holds a placard during an anti-North Korea rally in Seoul. China and the United States looked set for a stand-off over North Korea’s atomic test after Beijing softened its line on sanctions, while a top defector warned the North already had several nuclear weapons.
Russia and China on Thursday opposed tough sanctions the U.S. wants to impose against North Korea this week for its claimed nuclear test, saying they want more time to work out a more moderate response to Pyongyang’s nuclear brinkmanship.
The United States and Japan, which has already imposed tough unilateral sanctions on the North to protest the reported test Monday, had initially hoped for a U.N. Security Council vote on Thursday. But if Washington wants to get China and Russia â€” the two council nations closest to Pyongyang â€” on board, a vote could be delayed until early next week.
China, the North’s closest ally, opposes any mention of the U.N. Charter’s Chapter 7, which authorizes punishments including economic sanctions, naval blockades and military actions. China and Russia want to see sanctions focus primarily on reining in North Korea’s nuclear and weapons programs.
The United Nations is IRRELEVANT.
The United States and Allies, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia should prepare their own sanctions and enforcement – NAVAL BLOCKADE.