UN votes for N Korean sanctions


Richard Moore


These sanctions, like the resolution against Iran, have no teeth. As well they 
shouldn't. Neither N Korea nor Iran is guilty of any crimes. Perhaps we are 
seeing sops to the neocons, in return for unknown concessions to the Russians 
and Chinese. 


Original source URL:

UN votes for N Korean sanctions

The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to impose sanctions on North Korea
following recent missile tests.

The resolution demands UN members bar exports and imports of missile-related 
materials to North Korea and that it halt its ballistic missile programme.

The move comes after North Korea test-fired seven missiles including a 
long-range Taepodong-2 - believed to be capable of reaching Alaska.

North Korea has said it "totally rejects" the resolution.
'Unambiguous message'

Japan had produced its draft resolution for the 15-member Security Council just 
days after tests earlier this month.

The council has acted swiftly and robustly in response to the reckless and 
condemnable act

Shintaro Ito
Japan Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs

To avert a veto from China, the resolution does not mention Chapter Seven of the
UN Charter, which is legally binding and can authorise sanctions or even 
military action.

It requires all UN members to prevent imports from or exports to North Korea of 
materials that could be used in weapons of mass destruction.

The resolution underlines the need for North Korea "to show restraint and 
refrain from any action that might aggravate tension".

And it calls for Pyongyang to return to six-nation talks over its nuclear 

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso urged North Korea to obey the vote.

"The council has acted swiftly and robustly in response to the reckless and 
condemnable act of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," Japanese Vice 
Minister for Foreign Affairs Shintaro Ito said.

The UK and US ambassadors to the UN described the resolution as strong and 

US Ambassador John Bolton said it sent "an unequivocal, unambiguous and 
unanimous message to Pyongyang".

He said that if North Korea did not comply with the resolution, the council 
could consider further action.

Missile moratorium

The country drew worldwide condemnation and sparked intense negotiations 
following its missile tests on 4 and 5 July.

The missiles failed and fell into the Sea of Japan.

It was Pyongyang's first test of a long-range missile since a self-imposed 
moratorium in 1999.

The last time North Korea tested a long-range missile was in 1998, when it 
launched a Taepodong-1 over northern Japan.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2006/07/15 21:22:12 GMT


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