The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose financial and weapons sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test in a resolution that Pyongyang immediately rejected.
The U.S.-drafted resolution, which said the reclusive communist state’s action was a “clear threat to international peace and security,” allows nations to stop cargo going to and from North Korea to check for weapons of mass destruction or related supplies.
The resolution bars trade with North Korea in dangerous weapons. It also impose bans on heavy conventional weapons and luxury goods and asks nations to freeze funds connected with North Korea’s unconventional arms programs.
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Of course, the U.S. has been unwilling to confirm that North Korea’s test actually took place, although today U.S. intelligence officials told their Japanese and South Korean counterparts that the presence of radiation detected by U.S. aircraft suggested the possibility of a nuclear test. Regardless of whether or not the test took place, as President Bush said last week, the mere fact that North Korea is claiming to have tested nukes poses a threat to global peace and security.
Okay, we understand his point — but the incentives may be all wrong here. Wouldn’t this be a safer world if everyone said they were testing nukes but no one actually was testing nukes?