US, China agree on new North Korea sanctions

posted at 8:01 am on March 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

After a new long-range missile launch and nuclear test, even China has lost patience with its client state North Korea.  Beijing has reached agreement with the US on a new, tougher round of sanctions on Pyongyang in response to the DPRK’s continued violation of UN sanctions, and will bring them to the Security Council later this morning:

The United States and China have reached agreement on a new draft sanctions resolution to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, U.N. diplomats said late Monday.

The U.N. Security Council announced late Monday evening that it will hold closed consultations on North Korea and non-proliferation at 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) Tuesday. The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made, said the United States is expected to circulate a draft resolution to the full council at the meeting. Council members are then expected to send the draft to their capitals for review.

All 15 council members approved a press statement condemning Pyongyang’s nuclear test and pledging further action hours after North Korea carried out its third atomic blast on Feb. 12.

The swift and unanimous response from the U.N.’s most powerful body set the stage for a fourth round of sanctions against Pyongyang.

The Russian ambassador to the UN had alerted media yesterday that the UNSC would move on some sort of action on North Korea this month.  This is probably a little more expeditious than most would expect the UN to be.  The key in this case is China, which usually acts to provide diplomatic cover for the Kim regime, but clearly Beijing shares in the frustration of the other parties to the six-nation talks over the incorrigible and irrational nature of the DPRK.

And as if on cue, Pyongyang goes out of its way to prove that point:

North Korea is vowing to cancel the 1953 Korean War cease-fire because of sanctions and ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military drills.

North Korea’s Korean People’s Army Supreme Command made the statement Tuesday amid reports that Washington and North Korean ally Beijing have approved a draft of punishing resolutions that is expected to be circulated among U.N. Security Council members this week.

Normally, a country with only one friend in the world would take heed when that friend joins everyone else in imposing sanctions.  Not the Kim regime, though; it reacted to China’s relatively blunt message by threatening to go to war.  As the AP explains, that’s exactly the formulation that might provoke China to rid itself of its increasingly-dangerous appendage altogether:

The course to take regarding North Korea still hangs on China’s fear that, if North Korea were to collapse economically, a flood of refugees would head for China, diplomats at the UN tell CBS News.

But, Falk adds, the fact that China came to the table, again, to impose tougher sanctions, is a reflection of China’s new leadership and an accumulated frustration with North Korea’s intransigence with regard to its nuclear program.”

Any military action by Pyongyang will get a military response, and the refugees will indeed come streaming over the border, as China fears.  Before that happens, China might decide to finally decapitate the Kim monarchy, and stop a war and its inevitable refugee flood before it starts.  Kim Jong-un and his clique are playing with fire, and either can’t or won’t realize that they are very much all alone in their zeal for war.


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WAR!!. ummmm.
God Gwad you all.

Good morning

Electrongod on March 5, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Dang spelll checker

Electrongod on March 5, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Time to settle this affair once and for all.

docflash on March 5, 2013 at 8:06 AM

If we’d only listen to the wisdom of Dennis Rodman, all of this could be averted.

VanPalin on March 5, 2013 at 8:08 AM

People graze on grass.

Ben Hur on March 5, 2013 at 8:10 AM

The swift and unanimous response from the U.N.’s most powerful body set the stage for a fourth round of sanctions against Pyongyang.

Saying “the U.N.’s most powerful body” is like saying “Congress’ most fiscally responsible Democrat.” Not exactly a high bar to clear.

While I’m pleased to see China agreeing with us to take some action against North Korea, I can’t imagine that the latest round of strong resolutions and “tough sanctions” will do anything, and I also can’t believe China will back us in military action should it come to that. But stranger things have happened.

Shump on March 5, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Maybe if Obama phones Kim to talk about basketball, and offers a few billion in aid, all problems can be averted. I can picture China living up to the sanctions, but not this Administration.

Liam on March 5, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Beijing has reached agreement with the US on a new, tougher round of sanctions on Pyongyang in response to the DPRK’s continued violation of UN sanctions, and will bring them to the Security Council later this morning

Sanctions which China will freely subvert whenever it decides it is in its interest to do so.

Window dressing.

China can unilaterally control NK and force it to do whatever it wants it to do. So everything else is a Kabuki dance and a charade.

farsighted on March 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Get Dennis Rodman on this, stat!

Gatsu on March 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Maybe he thinks a limited war is survivable and it will help rid the country of a large number of starving people. There is always the up side to war with the US. We will shower them with money after the surrender. Maybe one of Kim’s advisers just read the “Mouse that roared” and figured it was the way to go.

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Dennis Rodman hardest hit.

gophergirl on March 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM

US, China agree on new North Korea sanctions

It is now illegal to export basketballs to North Korea.

BobMbx on March 5, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Before that happens, China might decide to finally decapitate the Kim monarchy, and stop a war and its inevitable refugee flood before it starts. Kim Jong-un and his clique are playing with fire, and either can’t or won’t realize that they are very much all alone in their zeal for war.

I imagine Kim and the ChiCom leadership have a good laugh together when they read stuff like this.

farsighted on March 5, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Maybe if Obama phones Kim to talk about basketball, and offers a few billion in aid, all problems can be averted. I can picture China living up to the sanctions, but not this Administration.

Liam on March 5, 2013 at 8:13 AM

That is all this is. North Korea whoring for money and attention. I say we call their bluff.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 8:24 AM

China afraid of Nork refugees? Yeah, right. First off China has enough cash to turn each Nork into a candidate for a fat clinic and second the bosses would love to pay a Nork ten cents a day for making Jeeps than a dollar a day to their own.

NK is a blocker for China. It keeps us tied up while they run around the backfield with a sh*t eating grin on their faces.

Limerick on March 5, 2013 at 8:25 AM

That is all this is. North Korea whoring for money and attention. I say we call their bluff.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Obama wouldn’t dare. If the balloon went up, he’d have to play at being a leader. If casualties mount he might get criticized, which his ego can’t handle. I could see him seeking revenge on ‘enemies’ here at home before he would prosecute a successful war as the leading power to fight. He had cover with Libya, because he ‘helped’ NATO allies. But for the US to take the commanding role is something he wouldn’t want.

Liam on March 5, 2013 at 8:29 AM

North Korea is vowing to cancel the 1953 Korean War cease-fire because of sanctions and ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military drills.

And this is important, why ?

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM

They want war? Good . . . turn them into a glowing cinder.

rplat on March 5, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Beware the madman who is calm.

jake-the-goose on March 5, 2013 at 8:34 AM

What’s Obama up to – I don’t trust him one little bit!?

OldEnglish on March 5, 2013 at 8:35 AM

If the balloon went up, he’d have to play at being a leader. If casualties mount he might get criticized, which his ego can’t handle. I could see him seeking revenge on ‘enemies’ here at home before he would prosecute a successful war as the leading power to fight. He had cover with Libya, because he ‘helped’ NATO allies. But for the US to take the commanding role is something he wouldn’t want.

Liam on March 5, 2013 at 8:29 AM

The rat-eared bastard plays at being a leader now. He’d have to be a leader. And the real sticking point here is that you can’t deal with a North Korean flare up with drones and fighter jets. But the really scary thing is that he may not have a choice. South Korea is too economically important for the bastard to sit on his hands and do nothing.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Beware the madman who is calm.

jake-the-goose on March 5, 2013 at 8:34 AM

That’s his signature attitude. They don’t call him no drama Obama for nothing. ;0

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Amazing how unequal this is. I mean, the US and North Korea have been at odds over almost nothing substantial for more than 60 years now and still battle over words and semantics. But if this were to come down to a war between us, consider this:

One of these countries has a leader that is young and inexperienced, is only in power because of a personality cult populated by millions of people who actually worship him in ways that citizens of a free society cannot imagine; who has unlimited and unrestricted power over the machinery of government, the military and all state resources, but tends to use those all for purposes related to his narcissism while his people continue to suffer in ever worsening conditions, almost assuring that any military actions would be a disaster under his leadership.

The other one is North Korea.

MikeA on March 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM

MikeA on March 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM

And pulling the strings is China.

OldEnglish on March 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

That’s his signature attitude. They don’t call him no drama Obama for nothing. ;0

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Exactly – calm (like Hannibal Lecter) – is terrifying

jake-the-goose on March 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Invade with food. Rice, peanut butter, bread. They will chuck the Kims and go Gangnam
Style in a decade.

Greek Fire on March 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Can someone please start enforcing the Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 30 January 1799, currently codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953).

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

Put “The Worm” in jail and every city/county/state representative pushing Agenda 21.

LoganSix on March 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Oh, they’re threatening war again? Well, I’m off to breakfast, let me know if they threaten a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion for a change of pace.

Mr. Prodigy on March 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM

That is all this is. North Korea whoring for money and attention. I say we call their bluff.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Exactly.

Can someone please start enforcing the Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 30 January 1799, currently codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953).

Put “The Worm” in jail and every city/county/state representative pushing Agenda 21.

LoganSix on March 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Amen. Of course, we wouldn’t have our current SecState if we had done that. Hmmm………

Greek Fire on March 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Yep. Airdrop rice and peanut butter. Was thinking we should add some meat in there, but airdropping turkeys might be a bad idea.

GWB on March 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

North Korea is a Chinese pawn — but a pawn with a mind of its own. It’s been attractive to the Chinese up until now to use North Korea to tie down the United States in the region.

Now the game is getting really serious.

The Iranians are undoubtedly watching closely. Hopefully the proper lesson is imparted.

unclesmrgol on March 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

…Wait, what?

*looks around*

Did I wake up in Bizarro World this morning?

BigGator5 on March 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

This latest bluster by the North Koreans is simply how they operate. They ratchet up the rhetoric and/or do something provocative, a new “deal” is hammered out whereby they get food in exchange for promises not to do anything bad anymore, and then there’s a period of relative calm before they start the cycle anew.

And sanctions don’t work. They hurt the population, but they don’t necessarily destabilize the regime. Beyond that, I wouldn’t read too much into China agreeing to the latest round. It’s a signal to the Norks to tone it down a bit, but they would not “decapitate” the gov’t for fear that the peninsula would be unified under one friendly to the US, which would give the latter another foothold in the region. As much as China wants to avoid a rush of refugees, they also don’t want more US influence in their corner of the globe.

changer1701 on March 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

And this is important, why ?

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Because one of the major South Korean population centers is in range of North Korean artillery. Because when Kim promises war, something nasty usually happens in South Korea. Look for the North Koreans to try to torpedo another South Korean ship, shell another South Korean island, or infiltrate assassination teams. Those are the usual edges to North Korean saber rattling.

If North Korea’s government destabilizes enough, look for the death spasm to kill hundreds of thousands of South Koreans.

unclesmrgol on March 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

BigGator5 on March 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Ops. I forgot to link the Bizarro episode of Sealab 2021 in my last post.

BigGator5 on March 5, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Knowing the weenie we have in the WH, I’d say it’s goodbye, South Korea.

Ward Cleaver on March 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

They better check with Dennis…

right2bright on March 5, 2013 at 9:56 AM

And pulling the strings is China.

OldEnglish on March 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

I saw that in a documentary a few years ago. I can’t remember the date or producers but it was something about Kim’s dad giving WMD to terrorists. The strings were clearly visible during most of the filming.

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 5, 2013 at 9:58 AM

We’d better be careful – Junior is, afterall, a four-star general…////

Dopenstrange on March 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

The NK’s have been living in a fantasy world for years. CUT OFF THEIR FOOD!

GarandFan on March 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

The next time a North Korean missile is ready for launch perhaps a Chinese cruise missile will blow it to smithereens.

SC.Charlie on March 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Mark my words, the day is coming – sooner rather than later – that Beijing will go all “Tibet” on North Korea.

PJ Emeritus on March 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

The rat-eared bastard plays at being a leader now. He’d have to be a leader. And the real sticking point here is that you can’t deal with a North Korean flare up with drones and fighter jets. But the really scary thing is that he may not have a choice. South Korea is too economically important for the bastard to sit on his hands and do nothing.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 8:38 AM

The flaw in your point, -your assumption that the REB wants a good economy. Any evidence of that so far?

slickwillie2001 on March 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

This would be a good distraction from the sequester…

COUNT IT!!

Khun Joe on March 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Pyongyang threatens war.

And what’s new?

Eren on March 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM

And, having been through multiple joint exercises with the ROKs I can promise you – they are NOT pushovers.

Couple that with the FACT that our forces in SoKo do NOT have to wait for WH approval to act, as they are on “tripwire” alert, per treaty.

The Norks do something stupid and there will be Abrams in their palace front yard within 12 hours.

PJ Emeritus on March 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM

US, China agree on new North Korea sanctions

…did Dennis doodle da diaper den?

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

China can unilaterally control NK and force it to do whatever it wants it to do. So everything else is a Kabuki dance and a charade.

farsighted on March 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

As others have noted, it has been convenient for China for the region to be tense because that keeps other countries from playing too excitedly in the seas of the region and allows China to have “influence”.

However, if China were to attempt any kind of unilateral coercion it could start a war that would draw in South Korea and the USA, potentially mess-up some of China’s main sea routes, and cause the deaths of large numbers of SK civilians. In a worst case scenario NK might even manage to attack Chinese cities which would cause Chinese leaders to “lose face” within China which would have repercussions within Chinese politics. None of this is in China’s interests.

If a war did start I would expect NK to lose against SK, Japan or China but the costs to the belligerents and third-parties are such that nobody will want to start a war. The NKs have, I presume, gamed all of this and come to the same conclusion so I don’t think it is fair to say that China is able to “control” NK to the degree you suggest.

YiZhangZhe on March 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

My take on NK is that their leaders are terrified of being caught because they saw what happened to the Nazi leadership, and to the likes of Messrs Saddam Hussain and Muammar Gaddafi. Faced with the prospect of “justice” the NK leadership will always conclude that their best option is to maintain the tension and avoid foreign intervention of any kind and let their heirs handle the problem. However their heirs, having been caught-up in the same atrocities, will come to the same conclusion and will try to pass the problem on to their progeny. Repeat.

The best interests of the NK people might be served by offering a general amnesty and golden retirement-package to all NK leadership in return for open borders and governance in conjunction with the south. However, persuading the present NK leadership that the bargain will be honoured will be tricky, and some of them might not want the deal anyway.

YiZhangZhe on March 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

The best interests of the NK people might be served by offering a general amnesty and golden retirement-package to all NK leadership in return for open borders and governance in conjunction with the south. However, persuading the present NK leadership that the bargain will be honoured will be tricky, and some of them might not want the deal anyway.

YiZhangZhe on March 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

This will not happen precisely because of Libya. Obama killed Gaddafi after an explicit Bush promise of better U.S. relations with Libya. The word of the United States is worthless in life and death matters now. The Libya fiasco also guarantees Iran will not give up their WMDs. For some reason this fact escapes even conservatives, let alone liberals and the MSM.

scotash on March 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Maybe one of Kim’s advisers just read the “Mouse that roared” and figured it was the way to go.

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Loved the book (and movie), but doubt the NorKs have read it.
Maybe that was Bin-Laden’s ultimate plan, but he forgot to tell his guys to MISS the towers?

AesopFan on March 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

This will not happen precisely because of Libya. Obama killed Gaddafi after an explicit Bush promise of better U.S. relations with Libya. The word of the United States is worthless in life and death matters now quite often. The Libya fiasco also guarantees Iran will not give up their WMDs. For some reason this fact escapes even conservatives, let alone liberals and the MSM.

scotash on March 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Obama shreded Bush’s promises to Israel; US dumped its allies in South Vietnam; don’t even get started on treaties with Native American tribes.
Fidelity depends on how solid the promise is (in writing is better than verbal, but something with penalties is best), who (party irrelevant) is in office, and what benefits we get from breaking vs. keeping promises.
Not that this is any different from any other nation in history, especially after a regime change.

AesopFan on March 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Someone else implied that North Korea is China’s buffer from US and South Korea. China is still in control of the little dictator and is using the situation for China’s convenience.

Here’s a thought: China allows Kim to become wildly rebellious so it can invade with UN – and US – blessing. This would be a test case, a dry run for the coming annexation of Taiwan, which is the real objective.

Will Obama play the part of Neville Chamberlain when China takes N. Korea?

Ace ODale on March 5, 2013 at 4:07 PM