Additional Sanctions Imposed on North Korea
The UN Security Council is credited with imposing ‘tough new’ economic sanctions on North Korea. Good. It’s also important to note the Security Council was unanimous in approving these sanctions including support from both China and Russia. United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson currently at the ASEAN summit in the Philippines indicated, “The best signal that North Korea could give us that they’re prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches. Those sanctions; they will take time to have an impact. Secretary Tillerson said the US will be monitoring implementation of the sanctions to ensure they are enforced by all countries. Will they at last bring Pyongyang to the realization that a nuclear ICBM capable will not be tolerated? I doubt it. In the 25 through 27 July edition of FOD, I noted I don’t believe Kim Jong Un will be persuaded, as he is still able to control all aspects of his government’s supply and demand systems.
He allowed his people to suffer widespread famine and all previous attempts to isolate he and his “family business” government have neither deterred nor abated the progress of his nuclear development program. For him, this is just more of the same and he can point to outside nations as responsible for his people’s further hardships. The only way he will discuss any change of direction of his nuclear program is if he is assured regime change and the reunification of the Korean peninsula is somehow not a long term goal. Then of course we would be supporting another dictator with an abysmal record on human rights. What you think Friends of FOD?