The United States has presented a list of sanctions it proposes the UN Security Council adopt to address North Korea's nuclear test. They include interdiction and inspection of all shipping in and out of North Korea. The US is also asking that the sanctions be authorized under chapter 7 of the UN Charter.
Security council members earlier condemned North Korea for its reported nuclear test, demanding at an emergency meeting that the communist nation return to six-party talks on its weapons program, U.N. ambassadors said.
The U.S. proposals were among several ideas for a Security Council resolution that the United States shared with council diplomats after North Korea announced that it had set off an atomic explosion underground. A copy of the document was obtained by The Associated Press.
The document says that the United States wants the resolution to fall under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which deals explicitly with threats to international peace and security, as well as acts of aggression. Chapter 7 grants the council the authority to impose a range of measures that include breaking diplomatic ties and imposing economic and military sanctions to taking military action.
Military action, however, is far from anyone's minds.
"We believe that highly provocative act requires a very strong resolution explicitly under Chapter 7 that provides for sanctions against the North Korean regime," the document said.
Among the proposals were to:
• Prohibit trade in materials that could be used to make or deliver weapons of mass destruction.
• Require states to make sure that North Korea not use their territory or entities for proliferation or illicit activities. Financial transactions that North Korea could use to support those programs would also be banned.
• Require states to freeze all assets related to North Korea's weapons and missile programs, as well as any other illicit activities it conducts.
• Authorize inspection of all cargo to and from North Korea to limit proliferation.
• Ban trade with North Korea in luxury goods and military items.
The interdiction and inspection will become a problem with North Korea. It is very hard to read what the Chinese are thinking right now. But it has to be a major problem for them to have a loose cannon like Kim right on their border with nukes and apparently limited sanity.