NorKs unimpressed by UN "saber-rattling"
North Korea, defiant in the face of international condemnation of its latest nuclear test, fired two more short-range missiles off its east coast on Tuesday and accused the United States of plotting against its government.
In a move certain to compound tensions in the region, South Korea said it would join a U.S.-led initiative to intercept ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction, something Pyongyang has warned it would consider a declaration of war.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a government source in Seoul as saying the North had test-fired one surface-to-air and one surface-to-ship missile off its east coast. The missiles had a range of about 130 km (80 miles).
North Korea could also launch by Wednesday more short-range missiles, perhaps toward a disputed sea border with the South, South Korean media quoted government sources as saying.
What exactly did the UN say? Um, can you say typical do-nothingness?
The U.N. Security Council swiftly condemned North Korea's nuclear test on Monday as "a clear violation" of a 2006 resolution and said it will start work immediately on another one that could result in new sanctions against the reclusive nation.
Hours after North Korea defiantly conducted its second test, its closest allies China and Russia joined Western powers and representatives from the rest of the world on the council to voice strong opposition to the underground explosion.
After a brief emergency meeting held at Japan's request, the council demanded that North Korea abide by two previous resolutions, which among other things called for Pyongyang to abandon all nuclear weapons and return to six-party talks aimed at eliminating its nuclear program.
It also called on all other U.N. member states to abide by sanctions imposed on the North, including embargoes on arms and material that could be used in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and ship searches for banned weapons.
In an AP interview in Copenhagen, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the test as a "grave violation" of council resolutions and called on the council in a statement to send "a strong and unified message" aimed at achieving the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and peace and security in the region.
Wouldn't it have been prudent to have stiffer sanctions already on deck? After all, we know this little sawed-off runt with the bad hairdo is going to continue to push his luck. China's getting fed up with him, but because he is such a loose cannon they'll be against the UN doing anything substantive. Besides his response was pretty much a done deal. As long as he sees us going to the UN to whine every time he does something, he knows nothing will happen to him. He's seen Russia and China befuddle the UNSC over Iran, so again, he knows nothing will happen.
And then there's Barry, who's doing his best to suck-up to runts like Kim. Barry just doesn't get it. We can't let these rogues do what they wish, especially with the ambition Kim has with regard to South Korea. He'd rather make nice with these guys, the same way Clinton wanted to, so we don't offend them. He wants to have them as a friend to the United States. The problem is they don't want to be friends with us. They want us out of the way so they can pursue their ambitions without anyone in the way.
We despise the fact that we've become the world's cop; that we're the ones sounding the alarm over the ambitions of runts like Kim and Ahmadinejad. But no one else is doing it, and these guys are a danger to the world, moreso to their region. And we have allies in those regions that look to us for help. We'll never get it if we keep running to the UN. But Barry's content, as was Bush, to go to the UN with hat in hand. Lord knows why we give any legitimacy to such a worthless organization.
ADDENDUM: Just had my moment on Hugh's show, and I was discussing missile defense. Let me make this clear: Kim Jong-Il is a man who has nuclear weapons, and he's testing ballistic missiles. Right now he has missiles that could carry a nuclear payload to any of our allies in the region, be it South Korea or Japan for starters. Yes, he only has a few nukes, but on the heels of the last test, the president announced we would cease a missile defense system for us and our allies.
This strikes us as not only naive, but also reckless. Kim Jong-Il, while nutty, is a dangerous man with the world's most devastating weapon. Sure he has a few, but are we willing to write off the innocents that might get killed when he throws a tantrum when he's not getting the attention he desires? We think not. It was a mistake for the president to make that announcement. It's not only selling out our immediate security, but the security we promised to our allies.