Thursday, December 30, 2010
On 13 April 2009, the 15-member United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a residential statement condemning the April 5 missile launch by North Korea. The statement notes that “The Security Council bears in mind the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and in northeast Asia as a whole. The Security Council condemns the 5 April 2009 (local time) launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which is in contravention of Security Council resolution 1718 (2006),” “The Security Council supports the Six Party Talks, calls for their early resumption, and urges all the participants to intensify their efforts on the full implementation of the 19 September 2005 Joint Statement issued by China, the DPRK, Japan, Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States and their subsequent consensus documents, with a view to achieving the verifiable de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner and to maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in northeast Asia (UN Security Council).” About 24-hours later, North Korea issued a statement indicating that it would no longer “participate in the talks any longer, nor will be bound to any agreement of the six-party talk (North Korean Official Statement).” North Korea wants to talk to the United States directly, but Obama has yet to make time. Will Obama make normalized relations with North Korea? Can the six-party talk continue in the future? China is not happy about the recent turn of events, but Japan is laughing because Japan was isolated within the six-party talk.