North Korea is high on my radar list due to the instability of their leaders (and ours). It looks like I may not be the only one taking note and watching North Korea closely. This weekend, in an actual positive move for Trump’s foreign policy, the UN unanimously voted to slap some pretty hefty sanctions on North Korea.
The sanctions are the consequences that North Korea gets to face due to their ever growing weapons program. Some of the items that are being banned from exportation are coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore and seafood. This will cost the nation over $1 billion in a period of a year. Of course, North Korea didn’t agree and cease its weapons program.
What are the new sanctions?
- Importing coal, seafood, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore from North Korea is banned
- Countries cannot receive new North Korean workers
- No new joint ventures with North Korean entities or individuals
- No new investment in existing joint ventures
- More individuals targeted with travel bans and assets freezes
- Member states to report to Security Council within 90 days on how they have implemented resolution
North Korea came back in retaliation saying they “vowed thousands-fold” revenge on the US for these sanctions. They also stated that this was a “violent infringement of its sovereignty” that was caused by a “heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle.” They did say they would take an “act of justice” but did not go into any details.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also at the Asean forum, where he spoke about North Korea.
Noting Russia and China’s participation in the unanimous vote, he told journalists it was clear there was now “no daylight among the international community” on their desire for North Korea to stop its tests.
“The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” he added.
Russia and China have previously differed with others on how to handle Pyongyang, but in recent months have joined calls for North Korea to stop its missile tests while also urging the US and South Korea to halt military drills.
It is more than likely that these sanctions will not make North Korea blink first. Secretary of State, Tillerson, stated on Monday morning that, “The best signal that North Korea could send that they’re prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches”. Due to the insecurities of Kim Jong Un, I just do not think they will pull back anytime soon. What does that mean for our future?
My fear is for an all out war to break out between the two of us. I do not know if such an outcome may happen, however, we must acknowledge the reality of the situation. Both Trump and Kim are very stubborn and want to show their power…there cannot be two cooks in the kitchen, that is too many hands in the pot.
I hope for the sake of our nation, the sake of our children, and for the sake of their nation; that cooler heads will prevail. Everyone has big shiny weapons! No need to use them to showcase their abilities! Everyone is the alpha dog! Everyone has more power than the next person. Everyone is in control. Now, everyone can just relax and put down their weapons, before this gets out of hand.