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South Korean Will Be Next United Nations Head

From the terrorist enablers at Reuters:

South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon reacts during a news conference in Seoul October 9, 2006. Ban was formally nominated as U.N. secretary-general on Monday, only hours after North Korea defied the world body by announcing a nuclear test.

South Korean nominated as U.N. secretary-general

Mon Oct 9, 2006 10:56 AM ET

By Evelyn Leopold

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon was formally nominated as U.N. secretary-general on Monday, only hours after North Korea defied the world body by announcing a nuclear test.

The U.N. Security Council voted by acclamation behind closed doors, thereby effectively selecting Ban as successor to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whose 10 years in office expire on December 31. Ban’s six rivals had withdrawn from the race earlier.

The 192-member U.N. General Assembly must give final approval to Ban’s nomination, which usually follows within a week or two. That vote is expected to be positive.

Shortly after the vote for Ban, the 15 Security Council ambassadors went into closed consultations on North Korea to see what action could be taken after the country reported making a successful nuclear weapon test. The council on Friday had urged North Korea not to carry out a test, warning Pyongyang of unspecified consequences if it did.

"I think the fact the candidate is current foreign minister of the Republic of Korea is an asset in dealing with the situation in the Korean peninsula that we are now facing," Japan’s U.N. Ambassador Kenzo Oshima told reporters.

"We have a very good candidate," said Oshima, this month’s council president. "It was the collective decision of the Security Council to recommend Mr. Ban Ki-moon to the General Assembly."

Some diplomats, including Oshima, have speculated that North Korea’s announcement on October 3 of plans to carry out the underground nuclear test was timed, in part, to coincide with Ban’s candidacy in an effort to get world attention.

Ban, 62, would be the eighth secretary-general in the world body’s 60-year history. He will inherit a bureaucracy of 9,000 staff, a $5 billion budget and more than 90,000 peacekeepers in 18 operations around the globe that cost another $5 billion.

Annan, in his own statement, welcomed the nomination. He said he had the "highest respect" for Ban and would do "everything possible to ensure a smooth transition," a spokesman said.

The low-keyed Ban will be a contrast to Annan, a Ghanaian who in his first five years won a Nobel Peace Prize and was sometimes dubbed a diplomatic rock star, before financial scandals took over headlines in the past few years.

Some diplomats, particularly U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, would like to see a secretary-general be an administrator and have a lower profile around the world.

Among his colleagues in Seoul, everyone seems to agree that Ban is pleasant and hard-working.

Jang Sung-min, a former presidential aide and member of parliament said, "He probably won’t do a bad job. It is really hard to think of a problem with Ban. Maybe that’s his strong point — that there’s nothing peculiar about him."

Although Annan was criticized regularly in the United States, Europeans viewed him more favorably and many so far have ignored the imminent arrival of Ban.

Ban won’t be "the sort of activist diplomat, ready to seize the initiative, which we saw in Kofi Annan," said Dick Leurdijk, a U.N. expert at the Netherlands Clingendael Institute of International Relations.

"I think he will be more like his Asian predecessor U Thant, who just took care of the shop," he said, referring to the Burmese diplomat who held the post from 1961-71.

At the United Nations, a senior diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of Ban, "I think he will bring genuinely a huge amount of diplomatic experience.

But he said, "He will not be instantly friendly to a U.S. audience. He will need to learn how to handle the media."

Of course this was decided long before the North Korean nuclear bomb test. But, still, South Korea has been the most appalling appeasers of the North. This is a mixed signal to them at best.

Not that the UN ever had any real intentions of slapping North Korea for their stunning violation of so many international laws.

That’s not the UN’s job.

The UN’s job is to weaken the West, and especially the United States.

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