The Political and Financial Markets Commentator
Sunday, April 5, 2009
North Korea Follows Through: Now What?
The Obama Administration Has Faced Its First Test And Failed
I have been talking about this announced North Korean missile test ad infinitum, and it has now taken place. The North Koreans, in the face of international demands not to fire this missile test/satellite, have done it anyway. The Obama administration has come out over the past few weeks saying that the test should not be done as it is in direct violation of specific U.N. resolutions. I suppose that North Korea was not impressed by that argument.
In the same way that countries like Iran will not abide by any resolutions from this anemic body, neither will North Korea. If the U.N. is to be the basis for our foreign policy actions and decisions, we are in trouble. Face to face talks and signed treaties are all great as well if it comes to that, but the overriding problem is that despite any public relations benefits these talks may have, you still need both parties to any agreements to follow them. And we all know that is not the case.
In any event, here are some excerpts from the President and the State Department concerning this missile firing:
President Barack Obama said North Korea should refrain from further provocative actions after that nation’s government made good on their promise to launch a long-range rocket.
“I urge North Korea to abide fully by the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council,” the president said as the council approved an emergency session Sunday to deal with North Korea’s rocket launch.
North Korea will not find acceptance in the international community “unless it abandons its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction,” Obama said.
Obama called North Korea’s latest act a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, which prohibits North Korea from conducting ballistic missile-related activities of any kind. The Security Council adopted the 2006 resolution five days after North Korea conducted a test of a nuclear weapon.
“North Korea has ignored its international obligations, rejected unequivocal calls for restraint and further isolated itself from the community of nations,” Obama said.
The president’s statement came from Prague, the Czech Republic, where the president was to make a speech Sunday on nuclear proliferation.
The United States will take “appropriate steps to let North Korea know that it cannot threaten the safety and security of other countries with impunity,” said State Department spokesman Fred Lash.
Rep. Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the launch would raise tensions unnecessarily.
“It is alarming that North Korea carried out this missile launch in direct defiance of the international community,” said the California Democrat. “The test is an unnecessary provocation that raises tensions in the region, and I urge the North Koreans to stop using their missile and WMD programs to threaten their neighbors and the rest of the world.”(Daily News)
We hopefully have some more tricks up our sleeves than just rhetoric.