Sunday, July 16, 2006

Security Council and North Korea

Despite the news' focus on the Middle East, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution demanding that North Korea cease its ballistic missile program and requiring states to help prevent Pyongyang's import or export of ballistic missiles.

The vote represented the strongest international rebuke of North Korea since 1993, when the council adopted a resolution urging North Korea to reverse a decision to withdraw from the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The 15 to 0 vote ended an 11-day diplomatic deadlock that pitted the United States, Japan and Europe against Russia and China.

This is diplomacy at its finest (well done Ambassador Bolton).

Whether Pyongyang will agree to the resolution is another question.

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