February 14, 2013
With its nuclear weapons test this week, North Korea has shown once again that it rejects any form of international cooperation.
“North Korea has again defied the U.N. Security Council as well as recent efforts by China to prevent its troublesome neighbor from ratcheting up tension on the Korean Peninsula,” The Heritage Foundation’s Bruce Klingner explains.
How can the United States stop this continued belligerence? The solution starts with taking North Korea seriously, Klingner says:
Washington should insist that the next U.N. resolution include Chapter VII, Article 42 of the U.N Charter, which allows for enforcement by military means. This would enable naval ships to intercept and board North Korean ships suspected of transporting precluded nuclear, missile, and conventional arms, components, or technology.
The United States cannot act alone. We must get other nations to side with our efforts and point out that North Korea’s nuclear weapons threaten not just America but the world.
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