If offenders permit, US will enforce UN resolution
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Friday it is prepared to confront ships believed to be carrying contraband materials to North Korea but will not try to forcibly board them, in accordance with new U.N. sanctions.
The resolution the Obama administration finally wrangled out of the UN Security Council calls for “U.N. members to inspect all N. Korean cargo if there is information that provides reasonable grounds to believe the cargo carries nuclear or missile-related items” and “U.N. members to inspect vessels, with the consent of the flag state, on the high seas, if there is information that provides reasonable grounds to believe the cargo carries nuclear or missile-related items,” according to Breitbart.com.
The Newsmax article goes on to quote Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to say the US, in cases of ships refusing inspection, will attempt to convince the nation whose flag the ship flies to divert it to an appropriate port to be inspected. If that can’t be accomplished the US still won’t use force, but will “shine a spotlight on it.”
In other words, the administration will tell the public what it suspects the ship to be carrying, who its owner is, and “other things.” That’s it. Obama plans to tattle on those who don’t comply–those who supply the Communist rogue nation of North Korea with the means to destroy the world. The most powerful Navy in the world will have its hands tied as it watches ships carrying forbidden cargo into N. Korean ports.
However, Rice calls on other nations to “uphold their obligations to inspect in their territorial waters.” So, the administration that blames America for all the wrong in the world is calling other nations to do what it refuses to do. What leadership! Those nations shouldn’t expect any extra help from the US either. Rice admits we won’t be deploying additional ships to the region to enforce the UN mandate.
She readily admits that she expects N. Korea to challenge the sanctions, but says the administration is “very pleased” with the UN resolution. Words. Nothing more. An unenforceable resolution is nothing more than written rhetoric. A dog with all bark, no bite.
Yet she expects Iran to “take a message from how the U.N. responded to North Korea’s actions.” Believe me they will. Hardline President Ahmadinejad was dubiously re-elected yesterday, and I’m sure he gets the message loud and clear. If Iran continues to pursue weapons of mass destruction, Obama will tell on him. No substantive action will follow. Ships loaded with the means to manufacture those weapons will be asked, “may we please board your ship?”, refuse, and sail safely into Iranian ports so Ahmadinejad can pursue his dream of annihilating Israel.
The Obama administration calls resolution 1874 “very firm and very meaningful.” I call it virtually useless if we don’t enforce it and continue to allow N. Korea to manufacture nuclear weapons.