Seriously need Hans Blix to sort out the dirty little ratbags north of the 38th parallel.
The United Nations Security Council has voted to tighten financial restrictions on North Korea in response to the country’s third nuclear test.
The US-drafted resolution, which was approved unanimously by the 15-nation council, was the product of three weeks of negotiations between the United States and China after the test on February 12.
Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, welcomed the council’s move, saying in a statement that the resolution “sent an unequivocal message to (North Korea) that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons.”
The US said that the sanctions would “bite hard.”
“Taken together, these sanctions will bite and bite hard,” said Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN. “They increase North Korea’s isolation and raise the cost to North Korea’s leaders of defying the international community.”
Glyn Davies, the State Department’s Special Representative for North Korea, said Washington would not accept North Korea as a nuclear state and would not reward it for returning to nuclear talks.
Earlier, North Korea, in anticipation of the sanctions, resorted to typical sabre-rattling, vowing to launch pre-emptive nuclear strikes against the US and other aggressors.
Pyongyang has made such threats before but it has increased the number and scale of its verbal attacks in recent weeks.
“Now that the US is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war, (our) revolutionary armed forces… will exercise the right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors,” said a government statement reported by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
It added: “We gravely warn that at a time when we cannot avoid a second Korean War, the UN Security Council, which served as the US puppet in 1950 and made Korean people harbour eternal grudges against it, must not commit the same crime again.”