Here's How Trump Secured United Nations Sanctions against North Korea

By Rogan, Tom | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, August 4, 2017 | Go to article overview

Here's How Trump Secured United Nations Sanctions against North Korea


Rogan, Tom, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


In a surprise move, Saturday, the United Nations approved new sanctions on North Korea.

As a result, the regime of Kim Jong Un will be banned from exporting any goods or services. The BBC estimates that the sanctions will reduce North Korean exports from $3 billion to $2 billion annually. That $2 billion will be retained by continued illicit trading with nations such as China.

Still, these sanctions are a step in the right direction. North Korea's relentless missile tests have now met their first major pushback. This is a big diplomatic win for the Trump administration.

There are two reasons the U.N. finally decided to act.

First, the Trump administration has convinced China that it is serious in threatening to use force against North Korea. As I've explained, China is pathologically opposed to prospective U.S. military action on the Korean Peninsula. It fears such action would destabilize China's southern border with refugees. China also knows that if North Korea escalated in response to limited U.S. strikes, Kim Jong Un would fall from power and a pro-American unified Korea would follow.

In turn, this U.N. vote signifies that China has decided to do something, however symbolic, to increase its pressure on North Korea. Until now, China had done very little to confront its client state. Again, however, China now fears the U.S. is moving closer to military action.

The second reason for U.N. action is that North Korea has completely isolated itself from the international community.

It's an unusual development. In most U.N. Security Council deliberations of the past 10 years, at least those pertaining to security challenges, nations have often disagreed about addressing threats. …

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