The United Nations has delivered their swift and strong response to North Korea’s launch of a long range missile over a week ago. I never realized that a swift response could take a week. At least it is a strong response and something never before done. Wait a minute, this looks just like the resolution passed in 2006 that the Security Council never bothered to enforce. In fairness, part of the problem with forming a resolution is that China and Russia will not get on board. This should be a red flag to the international community. Why are these two countries basically protecting North Korea? It would almost appear that they want them to build successful long range rockets.
The resolution is also a non-binding statement. China and Russia made sure that this resolution was not legally binding. Which causes one to question how any kind of action could be taken. The non-binding statement agreed to actually start enforcing sanctions which had been agreed upon in 2006 against Pyongyang. The reason given for why these sanctions were never actually imposed was that the Security Council did not want to antagonize North Korea and make six party nuclear talks more difficult. It would appear that their reluctance has been well served. Now North Korea has moved closer to attaining their ultimate weapon.
And does anybody really believe that if the Security Council follows through with the sanctions, that it will do anything to stop North Korea? These brutal dictators understand one thing: force. If you do use it, you can forget about making any kind of impact.