A Japan-sponsored United Nations resolution condemned North Korea for its
recent missile tests compromising regional security and heightened
international concerns on the intentions of the economically bankrupt nation
running on defunct communist ideology. Japan and South Korea praised the
resolution passed by a unanimous vote after 10 days of debate banning all
member states from dealings with the country on material or technology for
missiles or weapons of mass destruction.
China threatened to veto the resolution if it contained references to
provisions that would allow military strikes. Bowing to this demand, the world
community removed such references to eliminate a possible veto. Japanese
Foreign Minister Taro Aso reiterated that it wants to send a “resolute message”
and effect a strong action but also urged Pyongyang to implement the demands of
While they claimed success, there is nothing in the resolution that would be
effective or debilitating to North Korea.
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