April 13th, 2009
10:46 AM ET
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Security Council may be close to formal stance on N. Korea launch

A satellite company says this image was taken shortly after North Korea launched the rocket.
A satellite company says this image was taken shortly after North Korea launched the rocket.

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) – A week after North Korea ignored international warnings and launched a long-range rocket, the U.N. Security Council is considering a draft statement - signaling members may be close to taking a formal public stance against the incident.

"This draft is an excellent basis for a consensual and clear message by the Security Council," said Claude Heller, the current Security Council president and Mexico's U.N. ambassador, referring to a draft of a presidential statement.

The U.S.-drafted statement "sends a clear message to [North Korea] that their violation of international law will not be treated with impunity and indeed will have consequences," said Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The draft also calls on the U.N. sanctions committee to enforce existing sanctions against North Korea.

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  1. Dan, TX

    How about dropping leaflets over the big cities to let the North Koreans know that they are being duped. Full out propaganda war.

    April 13, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Chris

    This sounds all too familiar. Everytime N. Korea does something like this, the UN always makes the same statement "condemning" their actions and uses the same sanctions on their country.

    Either ignore them, or go in head strong. This petty play is ridiculous!

    April 13, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. LIP

    Ignorance is bliss. Some idiot said N Korea gained all its nuclear capability under Bush. The truth is, Clinton had an agreement with them and before the ink was dry, they had already begun cheating. They tested and launched missils under every administration and all with the help of China and Iran.
    The best policy is ignore their rants and rages and stop talking to them...ignore the little tyrant and simply shoot the missiles down the next time they launch and see what they do and be ready for any challange. What are they going to do, have another failed attempt at a launch, stomp around and shout slogans at us from across the border ?

    April 13, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Mississippi Mike

    "This draft is an excellent basis for a consensual and clear message by the Security Council,"

    The message is: "You broke the law." The problem is that North Korea already knows this and doesn't care because they know that the Russia and China won't let the US and Japan retaliate. Don't believe for a second that a strongly worded message with no tangible consequences will do anything but encourage North Korea to continue to break the law.

    April 13, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Scott AZ

    What would we do if the UN started demanding we toe their liberal ways or else?

    April 13, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Rob

    Oh my, the UN making a statement! Mighty fierce. Then there'll be a resolution, and another, and another, and another, and another and so on until a Republican gets into the White House and finally does something to stop them.

    The only reason the global community likes Obama is because they know he'll never fight back.

    April 13, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Scott the Independent

    The UN has been unless – if they can't become a force in the next 2 years I say kick them out of the Unitied States – we don't need diplomats coming here to vacation and talk just because they like New York and Washington.

    April 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Deborah/Kansas City

    So, the big threat is they launch a nuclear missle and then what? They would be wiped of the face of the earth, after the missle is shot down. They are not a threat to us now and it would be good to have their friends in the world take the role of reigning them in. I think that isolating, blockading and embargoing difficult countries; does not work very well to change their direction. These countries have ruthless dictators, who do not care about the welfare of their people. The leaders always have plenty of wealth for themselves, while their people suffer. We have proven that over and over with Cuba, Iraq, Iran. Bring them into the modern world community, which would give them something to loose, if they act agressively, that is what has worked.

    April 13, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. totally neutral

    The U.S.-drafted statement "sends a clear message to [North Korea] that their violation of international law will not be treated with impunity and indeed will have consequences," said Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

    Yeah, who the hell does this guy think he is? Dick Cheney?

    April 13, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Sam Sixpack

    When it gets right down to it, we will do whatever our new landlord (China) tells us to do.

    April 13, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Will18E

    eight years of a failed Bush and Rice policy, and six party talks lead to this rocket being fired. Had the Bush adm. not changed course this would not have happened

    Second how cares. it not as if the N.K. can threaten any nation with world domination. The best policy with N.K. would be to disengage and ignore them. Let Japan and S.k. handle their own problems.. Our failed policies with N.K. has helped there cause.

    April 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. mikes

    Is there something in the water over there that makes the North Koreans different than the rest of the world. Put a fence around them, and leave them to rot if they don't change their tune.

    April 13, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Jack

    So a week or two after the launch, The UN is finally going to issue a statement saying they shouldn't have done it. I feel safer already. Not. The UN is worthless. All those diplomats and staff members come over here and live the good life. They have diplomatic immunity and have been involved in all kinds of things they can't be prosecuted for.

    April 13, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. CHANGE we need

    Another 'threat' from an unarmed UN. This is the same as Barney Fife pointing his unloaded gun and saying, "Halt, or I will say halt again..."

    April 13, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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