Usually, when North Korea does something that the world doesn’t like, generally involving rockets or nuclear testing, the U.N. gets together and puts down some sanctions against them. And usually, China stands up for their little neighbor as pretty much their only ally. With the rocket launch last December causing a fresh round of conflict, the same routine would be expected, but this time China seems to be fed up with North Korea’s continued nonsense.
The accusations against the DPRK are pretty much the same as always. The U.N. insists that the rocket launch was part of the country’s attempts to build a working nuclear arsenal and is therefore in violation of international law. North Korea, naturally, says that the rocket launch was part of their space program and an attempt to improve their country economically, but the U.N. isn’t having it.
So in retaliation, the old sanctions are being expanded against North Korea. And though the country is not likely to care too much, as they’ve never really put much stock in what the U.N. has to say, without China on their side they may find themselves all alone in this one. China is the DPRK’s only major ally, but even the staunchest ally can be driven to the brink and finally give up on diplomacy. With the threat of nuclear weapons so close and in the hands of the unstable regime, China is likely looking to shut this one down before it gets too far along. This isn’t the first time that China has given the thumbs up to the U.N., however. Other nuclear testing in North Korea has produced the same results in the past.
Of course, now the DPRK is screaming bloody murder over the U.N. sanctions and publically declaring that they’ll be moving right along with their nuclear testing. They’ve even gone so far as to say that the previously “economic” rocket testing will now make a shift toward more military purposes. Whether they were doing anything other than that in the first place is up for debate, but they’ll certainly get their fair share of attention now that they’ve let the world know they want to be bigger and meaner. Given the tension and the DPRK’s lack of allies, they’re looking at some serious problems if they don’t calm down a bit.
Oh well, so much for a brighter future with the change of leadership. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with this one, assuming anything different comes of it.