U.N. Security Council slams North Korea, expands sanctions
Richard Roth reporting for CNN:
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted on Tuesday a resolution condemning North Korea’s recent rocket launch and expanding existing U.N. sanctions.
In December, North Korea angered many in the international community by launching a long-range rocket that appeared to put a satellite in orbit, a breakthrough for the reclusive, nuclear-equipped state.
Many nations, such as the United States and South Korea, considered the rocket launch to be a cover for testing ballistic missile technology. Pyongyang has insisted its aim was to place a scientific satellite in space “for peaceful purposes.”
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor, pointed out on yesterday’s episode of PBS Newshour that this resolution and the sanctions are rather noteworthy in that they were passed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council. This means that both China and Russia were in favor of the moves, which are not at all givens when it comes to dealing with North Korea.