U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton raises his hand during a Security Council vote Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006 at the United Nations in which the Security Council voted unanimously to impose punishing sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test, declaring that its action posed ‘a clear threat to international peace and security.’
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose financial and weapons sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear test, which the resolution called a “clear threat to international peace and security.”
The U.S.-drafted resolution allows nations to stop cargo going to and from North Korea to check for weapons of mass destruction or related supplies. It was adopted after the United States, Britain and France made some modifications to dealt with last-minute objections from Russia and China.
“Today we are sending a strong and clear message to North Korea and other would-be proliferators that there will be serious repercussions in continuing to pursue weapons of mass destruction,” U.S. Ambassador John Bolton told the Security Council’s 15 members.
The resolution requires all countries to prevent the sale or transfer of materials related to Pyongyang’s unconventional weapons programs. And it demands nations freeze funds overseas of people or businesses connected with North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
In a concession to China, the resolution specifically excludes the use of force, but allows economic sanctions and a restriction on naval and air transport.
But by allowing cargo inspection, the document still puts an international imprimatur on the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative. This was launched in May 2003 and encourages countries to interdict weapons from North Korea,
Iran and other states of concern.
The U.N. Security Council votes unanimously to impose financial and weapons sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear test.
Flap is surprised that the United Nations Security Council passed any resolution today. Now, the question is: is the resolution meaningful?
North Korea immediately opposed the UNSC action.
North Korea’s U.N. ambassador said his country “totally” rejected the Security Council’s resolution.
North Korean ambassador Gil Yon Pak then ‘walked out” of the UNSC chambers. American Ambassador John Bolton was nonplussed.
Allah has the Bolton video here.
An Act of War? More nuclear tests?
South Korean ambassador Choi Young-jin, speaks to the U.N. Security Council as North Korean ambassador Gil Yon Pak, top right, leaves after the security council voted unanimously on Saturday Oct. 14, 2006 to impose punishing sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test, declaring that its action posed ‘a clear threat to international peace and security.’
Iran is next on the UNSC agenda.
Stay tuned for the North Korea response later in the day……
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