July 5th, 2009
12:23 PM ET
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Biden: Isolation policy working in North Korea

(CNN) – There are signs that the international policy to isolate North Korea from its traditional allies is working, despite the Pyongyang regime's weekend firing of seven-short range missiles toward the Sea of Japan, Vice President Joe Biden says.

In an interview broadcast Sunday on the ABC program "This Week," Biden called efforts by the United States and others to forge a unified response to North Korea's potential nuclear threat "a significant turning in pressure."

He noted that a North Korean ship believed to be carrying weapons-related materials turned back toward North Korea when tracked by U.S. naval ships as part of U.N. sanctions recently approved by the Security Council.

"No port would take it," Biden said, citing the development as a sign of new international resolve demonstrated by China - the longtime ally and benefactor of North Korea - signing onto the Security Council resolution.

"We have succeeded in uniting the most ... critical countries to North Korea on a common path to isolating" Pyongyang, Biden said.

Continuing such pressure would force North Korea to make "difficult decisions" as it faces the rumored ill health of longtime leader Kim Jong Il, Biden said.

The Security Council sanctions included cutting off new grants, loans and export credits and barring shipments of weapons-related material.


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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. A

    This guy amazes me. Our strategy is working?? So I guess we wanted them to have the bomb?

    To all of you that voted for these idiots – I hope you are proud!! The democrats pork plan is working so well and Iran and NK have become nuclear. GOOD JOB!!!

    July 5, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. PA Independent

    NK will shut up as soon as two things happen: China tells them to OR ELSE, and the US refuses to pay them off – again – for a few years of good behavior. Without China their country would completely cease to exist, and without extortion money they are even more beholden to China.
    Now, just hope the Chinese start and keep playing ball.

    July 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. eric

    July 5th, 2009 12:43 pm ET

    Biden is an idiot! The only thing North Korea will ever, ever understand is a mushroom cloud over its capital! I remember the Korean War well and they were a brutal, savage, unreasoning opponent!
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    that's smart. a brutal response on millions of lives under one insane dictator. who's the savage?

    July 5, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Lynette, SD

    Good, the world is on track with stopping a nuclear bully from it's evil deeds.

    July 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    Biden why don't you visit N. Korea for about 3.5 years.

    July 5, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. chirpie

    to Observer: Never wish for the mass death of many innocent people who don't know any better about the true situation they're in. It makes you look bad.

    NK is truly odd. The government tells their citizens what kinds of GRASS is good to eat so those in power can save money for themselves. They teach school children that Kim Jong Il lives in the clouds on top of a mountain, and there are people who think the man shoots a perfect round of golf every time he plays. I wonder if "normal" rules even apply for a country like that.

    At least China is doing the right thing in this regard.

    July 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Matt

    Joe just shut up. What ever we give the North Koreans they will use for making a weapon. They starve their own people just so they can make weapons. There are a million other things the North Koreans could do for business. They choose to isolate themselves and make weapons.

    July 5, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. DawnL,CA

    Joe, I don't think the firing of 7 rockets show that isolation is working that well. Kim Jong ll is nuts. Maybe he wants some money & food to not fire rockets & the USA will be fool enough to give it to him AGAIN. Then he will go on his merry way.

    July 5, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Brett from Oriskany

    Thats right, nuke North Korea! Tick off China and Russia, shower Japan with radiation again, prove again to the world we are an aggressive war mongering nation. Might as well get Iran too while the missles are in the air.

    July 5, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Spike

    Well said "observer," mass murder of millions is definitely the way to deal with an uppity regime.

    July 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Peter E

    Well, the Obama administration is sure following the Bush Jr. policies to the letter. They are trying to ignore NK, check! They are talking about the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine (while arming Israel to the teeth) check! They are kissing up to the Saudis and the Chinese, check!
    I do wonder why liberals are so enthusiastic about him, and why conservatives are so upset. He hasn't changed one darn thing about foreign policy from the last administration! Even the Iraqi withdrawal was originally initiated by Bush Jr., and wasn't Obama's original idea.

    July 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Limbaugh is a liberal

    And what has Bush Jr. done about NK for the past eight years? Nothing! You think he was tough because he inserted NK among the 'axis of evil' in speeches? Ha! In turn he has given them economic aid, and had no response when NK developed nuclear weapons on his watch! Oh, but that's okay because Bush Jr. talks tough, even though his failed policies allowed NK to develop nuclear weapons? Republicans are in no position to criticize Obama on NK, after the mess and the threat their beloved leader left behind!

    July 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Observant

    I agree with observer...wiped them out and forget about it

    July 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Ryan in FL

    I'm sorry Mr. Vice President, but it doesn't matter what we or the UN does, that country is lead by a lunatic play-boy, who is starving his people and showing off half-decent rockets to get international support and respect. They will never listen unless we take serious action

    July 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Missing Name

    Isolation and sanctions can only go so far. In order for this regime to fall, only war can work. North Korea is ignoring these sanctions, and is clearly asking for war, so we should give it to them. Their army is big but obsolite. Even though we are in the Middle East right now, we have enough troops at home that, as well as the strength of South Korea, could topple North Korea.

    July 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. lkb

    Biden is an idiot and needs to be the absentee VP. Doesn't he realize that NK has been isolated so long it won't make any difference. They don't care how much the people suffer. It is time the dems realize, Bush is not at fault here and it won't matter how many time our acting pres apologtizes for past behavior. He just continues to look like another idiot and weaken the country.

    July 5, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. ib

    They have fired 11 missiles this weekend and Joe says Obama's plan is working. I would hate to see what would happen if Obama's plan failed. What a joke!!!!

    July 5, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. DC Observer

    Obama should follw the exact same strategy with iran - ignore them; have no talks with them; just turn your back on them and the country will stage its own iprising and will oust the president and the supreme leader, so called.

    July 5, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Brandon

    I believe "observer" down there should observe the definition of "tact" in the dictionary.

    July 5, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Mike

    Yes, just be quiet Joe. I've never known of any official whose mouth is as stink as Joe's.

    July 5, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Evil is What Evil Does

    The Vice Pres needs to be seen ... not heard.... be silent

    July 5, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. phoenix86

    Yea, they are SO scared that they tested 11 missles just last week.

    July 5, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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