Saturday, June 13, 2009
That'll show 'em!
The United Nations has imposed imposed "tough new sanctions" on Pyongyang over its recent nuclear tests. They are targeted against North Korea's weapons exports and financial dealings.
And despite my glib headline, there may be some teeth in these dentures after all: The resolutions allow inspections of "suspect cargo" in ports and on the high seas. While that may not cause the regime to collapse in on itself like the house in Poltergeist, it could go some way toward putting a dent in any illicit way North Korea has been getting hard currency, while curbing much of the risk that Pyongyang might sell missiles and especially nukes to rogue regimes or terror groups.
It also demonstrates a united front against the DPRK, which undermines Pyongyang's own propaganda efforts (though, really, they can make just about anything up if they wanted to).