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N Korea Calls UN Sanctions “Gangster-Like”

From Al Jazeera:

N Korea rejects ‘gangster’ UN sanctions

Sunday 15 October 2006

North Korea has rejected the financial and weapons sanctions imposed on it by the UN Security Council in response to its nuclear test.

As the Security Council met to impose the sanctions, Pak Gil Yon, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, walked out of the meeting accusing members of "gangster-like" action and warning that Pyongyang considered any further US pressure a "declaration of war".

The UN resolution, which called North Korea’s nuclear test a "clear threat to international peace and security", allows nations to stop cargo going to and from North Korea in order to check for weapons or related supplies.

The resolution bars trade with North Korea in dangerous weapons, imposes bans on heavy conventional weapons and luxury goods and asks nations to freeze funds connected with North Korea’s non-conventional arms programmes…

Enforcement will depend largely on whether those who have traded with North Korea honour the bans, which now also have the support of China, the North’s closest ally, as well as Russia.

"The key will be China sealing its border to prevent military [and] nuclear-related shipments in either direction," Ralph Cossa, the president of Hawaii-based think-tank CSIS Pacific Forum, said…

North Korea has boycotted the talks with the South, the United States, China, Japan and Russia since last year because of a US crackdown on firms it suspects of aiding Pyongyang in illicit activities such as counterfeiting…

But Alexander Alexeyev, the Russian deputy foreign minister, told reporters in Seoul after his visit on Friday to Pyongyang that the North has not ruled out diplomacy.

Yeah, let’s try some more "diplomacy."

That always works.

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