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October 14th, 2006

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02:55 pm - North Korean Sanctions
Today, the United Nations voted unanimously to impose sanctions against North Korea over their claimed nuclear test. 
"Resolution 1718 imposes weapons and financial sanctions but is not backed by the threat of military force."

"The resolution:
  • Demands North Korea eliminate all its nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.

  • Requires all countries to prevent the sale or transfer of materials related to Pyongyang's unconventional weapons programmes, as well as large-sized military items such as tanks, missiles and helicopters.

  • Demands nations freeze funds overseas of people or businesses connected with North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

  • Allows nations to inspect cargo moving in and out of North Korea in pursuit of non-conventional weapons.

  • Is not backed up by the threat of military force.

  • Calls on Pyongyang to return "without precondition" to stalled six-nation talks on its nuclear programme."

  • Geez UN, you just don't learn from past experiences do you?  Sanctions don't work.  Why?  Because those in power, those that you hope to hurt with the sanctions, will still be sitting in their lofty penthouse suites while it's the civilians that bear the burden.  Besides, if you major superpowers don't want other countries to obtain nuclear powers, I think you should lead by example instead of spewing hot air all over the globe, we have enough CO2 problems as it is thank you.  However, I _am_ glad to hear there is no military intents connected with this resolution, so I guess we'll just have people starving to death instead of getting shot in the head -__-;;

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    Date:October 15th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
    Saddening but true. Sometimes the actions the UN takes make one ponder as to whether they are of any use. D: ( Besides, knowing North Korea, they'll find a way to get around those sanctions...)
    Date:October 16th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
    I agree 100%! The topic of sanctions against N. Korea was the essay question of my midterm last week, so you bet I had a thing or two to say. But, as a friend so kindly pointed out, sanctions will do nothing from curbing N.Korea's nuclear ambitions, even if it is at the cost of its own people. They suffer as it is, and the inevitable consequence of sanctions is to further their suffering.Their tyrannical leader could care less about his people, and the sanctions essentially change nothing. -James

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