June 14th, 2009
10:54 AM ET
5 years ago

Biden says U.S. will enforce U.N. resolution on North Korea

(CNN) – The United States will enforce the latest U.N. Security Council resolution on North Korea, which calls for stopping arms shipments if necessary, Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday.

"We're going to enforce the U.N. resolution," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" program. "This is a matter of us now keeping the pressure on."

The resolution, passed by a 15-0 vote, expands and tightens sanctions on North Korea after the nation's recent nuclear test, firing of test rockets and threats to U.S. and South Korean ships near its territorial waters.

North Korea has said that any interdiction of its ships would be an act of war, the latest threat from a regime known for inflammatory rhetoric.

Biden said the resolution represented joint action by the Security Council members "like never before," noting that longtime North Korean ally China signed on. He called possible North Korean use or spread of nuclear weapons "a serious threat to the world, and particularly in East Asia."


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  1. catmom

    I have heard a lot of Republicans/Conservatives complain about how President Obama is handling North Korea and I wonder, what is their solution? Would you all attack North Korea? With what? Aren't you already complaining about how much money President Obama is spending? How much do you think it will cost to attack North Korea? Who will be there to fight the war that some people seem to think should happen? Will you support a draft? Think about it. Give real diplomacy a chance. We have seen what cowboy diplomacy has gotten us.

    June 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Neutralizer

    UN is USELESS. If Bill Clinton during his time did NOT give NOKOR a go signal to build their nuclear plant with UN monitoring it, this would not have happened.

    UN monitor it alright, even put their camera, what NOKOR did? Kicked out all UN inspectors and removed their camera. How come Bill Clinton and the rest of the Democraps especially YOU Joe Biden admitted to the FACT it was people like you in the Senate that enabled NOKOR? Now you're acting innocent?

    Obama is doing the same thing with Iran what Bill Clinton had done for NOKOR.

    One thing I can say, DEMOCRAPS are just plain STUPID, a bunch of IDIOTS and the American people has SHORT MEMORY.

    June 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. waddup

    catmom – What do you think we are doing now? We have been working on a diplomatic solutions for years now with NK. News flash...It's not working. I don't think any of us "want a war", but no nation (US included) should posses nukes. Nobody should allow Iran or NK to create nukes. We need to try all diplomatic options but if they don't work, there is no other option.

    June 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. AndyB

    The U.S. should just butt out. North Korea isn't our problem anymore than Iraq or Afghanistan was when idiot chickenhawk Bush entangled us there. Let the U.N handle it.

    June 14, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Kass

    That first sentence is disturbing... I will repeat it here.

    he United States will enforce the latest U.N. Security Council resolution on North Korea, which calls for stopping arms shipments if necessary, Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday.

    YOU MEAN... All this time we have been selling NK weapons... We have a bunch of morons in office (both Rep and Dem)... No wonder NK is as dangerous as it is, WE have made them that way.

    June 14, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Dawn in Pa

    @catmom... (by the way love the name, I love those little fur balls too, got four.)

    We cannot afford another war, two wars costing 10 billion a month and that is not going to go away. to soon, we have two journalist in prison there where it is something similar to GITMO, but 10 times worst... They need to show there muscles and yes it can get deadly...

    We do not know exactly what Presiden Obama is saying behinds closed door. Unlike Bush he would go out and make it Known, speak softly and may carry a big stick...Teddy Roosevelt had said that, and you can take it anyway you want...

    June 14, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. DaBird

    Let Japan, South Korea, and China deal with it. We are not the world's police force. If they nuke South Korea, they will be vaporized within minutes, according to a retired navy admiral.

    June 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. cramit

    Stop , or I will quietly say stop again ,,, Pleeeease

    BO

    June 14, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Mike O'Brien

    Well.., if there is one person, close to the President and the Secretary of State and knows 'U.S. foreign policy and issues'.., its Vice President Joe Biden. Been around for a long time in the Senate and committees. Knows his stuff on foreign policy and issues. Mike in Montana

    June 14, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Glennis

    AndyB, North Korea IS our problem. You cannot have a nation run by a certifiable mental case and think it is not a problem; especially when that nutjob threatens both us and our allies. The North Korean government, such as it is, has willfully starved and deprived its people for a long time, while at the same time manipulating our country as well as our allies into sending tons of foreign aid. He has played us like a fiddle with his pouts and threats and its time to put a stop to it. I don't know what the answer is, but I know what we've done so far has been completely ineffective in stopping his nuclear ambitions. Now that he has that capability, he thinks he can use it to get what he wants and to destroy anyone who objects to his actions. If military action is needed to defuse the lunatics with nuclear power , then so be it. You can't reason with unreasonable people, no matter how much you want to believe it.

    June 14, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Joe the carpenter

    I don't know, I am trying to figure out the best way to approach N. Korea. On the one hand we could always tell the chinese that Taiwan should have one of the same reactors that N.Korea has ( and eventually have it's own capability to produce plutonium) , that is unless china takes it upon itself to jerk Kim' chain (which it CAN do), or just turn N.Korea into a smoldering hole in the ground.

    June 14, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Neutralizer

    AND you have a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER now for President who doesn't know if he's coming or going. Obama like a typical community organizer will say what people wanted to hear. Yeah right! Iran has the right to build their nuclear power plant, the SAME line Bill Clinton use about North Korea.

    June 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Thomas

    So by isolating North Korea even more, this is somehow going to magically convince them to play nice? Where is the logic here?

    One thing we can not do is push North Korea into a position where its leadership feels that they have "nothing to lose".

    What does a rat do when you push him in a corner?

    June 14, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Arizona

    The U.S. is being bullied by N Korea and if someone doesn't stop them now then it will be too late. We have thousands of our military men/women in S Korea and they need our protection. We can't always be nice and some people just want a fight. Everyone saw what happened in 9/11, can you imagine a real war right here on our U.S. soil... People don't want a war, but sometimes that the only solution for evil people that want to control the world.

    June 14, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. catmom

    Haven't you all noticed that our President doesn't telegraph everything he is doing. He doesn't have to show he is engaged he just engages.

    Just like everything else, if Clinton didn't get it done in eight years and Bush didn't get it done in eight years why do some of you think President Obama can get it done in five months? Give the man a chance before the constant critisim.

    Dawn in PA, don't have cats, but do have a cute little doggie .Small but carries a big bark.

    June 14, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Proud American

    North Korea, should be wiped off the map. How long will the rest of the world be held hostage by this little Idiot.

    June 14, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. makesUwonder

    I must admit, under the Bush administration I never felt 100% safe, just 99% safe. Under the Obama administration I feel 0% safe.

    The United States taxpayer is forced to spend 5 billion a year to the UN. We should have pulled out years ago. What once was a good idea has become a waste of time and money to this country.

    June 14, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Rose

    So when will the US gov't enforce UN Resolutions on other countries? (You know, Israel.)

    June 14, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    The naval fleet of a country will attempt to stop a North Korean ship for arms inspection and North Korea will nuke South Korea claiming that the South was behind it and the resulting force brought against North Korea will cause China to put it's troops down into North Korea to protect North Korea and the nuclear war of all wars will be on.

    June 14, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Ridley

    You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

    June 14, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Proud American

    Neutralizer June 14th, 2009 11:03 am ET

    UN is USELESS. If Bill Clinton during his time did NOT give NOKOR a go signal to build their nuclear plant with UN monitoring it, this would not have happened.

    UN monitor it alright, even put their camera, what NOKOR did? Kicked out all UN inspectors and removed their camera. How come Bill Clinton and the rest of the Democraps especially YOU Joe Biden admitted to the FACT it was people like you in the Senate that enabled NOKOR? Now you're acting innocent?

    Obama is doing the same thing with Iran what Bill Clinton had done for NOKOR.

    One thing I can say, DEMOCRAPS are just plain STUPID, a bunch of IDIOTS and the American people has SHORT MEMORY.
    _____________________________________________________
    I'm willing to bet your parents are brother and sister, your a complete Moron.

    June 14, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Arizona

    We are giving the President his chance...but I still don't see any changes on our economy. Housing is still a mess, banks are still taking advantage of people, gas is up again, and unemployment is still rising and that's not even counting the people that left with severance pay and will soon be collecting unemployment when that runs out.

    If they could just fix housing, everything else would fix itself...the domino effect.

    June 14, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. I back Americans .... NOT Republicans....

    I'm sure this post will have its share of Republican-themed posters somehow trying to use this to say Democrats are "soft" and weak on defense ... too bad they can't get behind the country's leadership on this and show some red, white & blue.

    Besides, we've had 16 years of ineffectivity in dealing with North Korea through the Clinton and Bush Administrations so to lay this at the feet of President Obama is dis-ingenuous ... but the Republicans have shown a lack of intellectual honesty.

    Our ability to respond militarily in N. Korea is degraded due to the prior administration's "War on Terror" in Iraq ... which we all know was misguided and had no planning ... they never had an exit strategy defined. We have consumed some of our readiness to go to war where it really matters.

    Only if North Korea is stupid enough to take an offensive action against the West will America be justified in unleashing it's full military might against them. I don't think they will be that stupid.

    We need to get the Chinese to clamp down on N. Korea and only diplomacy will get that done. They've got the influence ... they share a border with North Korea ... we don't.

    June 14, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. MrBlueSky

    Scary idea... war wth NK. Within 30 minutes of our attack, Seoul will become rubble. It's like two secret agents with guns pointed at each other, each screaming for the other to drop their weapons. Bill Clinton had the right prescription.... but time ran out on his Administraton. He worked tirelessly to decrease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Even sent Madeline Albright to Pyongyang in a show of diplomacy. Obama would do well to send Hillary there with an offer of diplomatic relations... that is the only sensible resolution... a peace treaty offer.

    June 14, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Earn Your Stripes

    I heard Newt (The SEAL) Gingrich say we should blow up the No. Korean missles. That's typical Republican tough TALK.

    He is another rich OLD, draft dodging man (like Cheney, Bush [chose the "cushier" Air National Guard] , Limbaugh) advocating that young men (poorer whites, latinos & blacks) go fight and die to protect their way of life.

    These guys have ZERO credibility. Now, Colin Powell I'll listen to.

    June 14, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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