Thursday, December 30, 2010
Despite a number of nations warning North Korea repeatedly for months, Pyongyang launched its rocket claiming that it was a satellite. Japan was outraged and pushed for new sanctions at the U.N. Security Council with new resolution. At the Prague Castle gate, the young president of the United States claimed, “North Korea broke the rules once more by testing a rocket that could be used for a long range missile … This provocation underscores the need for action … Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something… The world must stand together to stop the spread of these weapons (Obama Speech at Prague on April 5).” But Russia, China, Libya, Uganda, and Vietnam were not convinced the launch violated U.N. Resolution 1718. China expressed it would veto any new resolution because North Korea vows to exit from the six-parties-talk. In the end, the U.S. backed down and agreed to have the non-binding presidential statement, drafted by China. Once again, Japan became an isolated nation which failed to obtain a binding resolution. The winner is North Korea; the loser is Japan. In addition, on 25 May 2009, North Korea conducted nuclear test in the second time since October 2006. What is Obama going to do?