August 2nd, 2010
07:25 AM ET
8 years ago

Official: U.S. hopes North Korea will respond to tougher sanctions

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - The U.S. hopes tougher sanctions against North Korea will pressure the country to end its nuclear weapons program, a State Department official said Monday.

Robert Einhorn, the State Department's special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, is discussing the sanctions with senior government officials in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan, this week.

"These measures are not directed at the North Korean people, but our objective is to put an end to [North Korea's] destabilizing proliferation activities, to halt illicit activities that help fund its nuclear missile programs and to discourage further provocative actions," Einhorn told reporters, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.

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  1. Jawbanger

    This is a joke...hoping that N. Korea will do ANYTHING is a joke. It takes a lot more than that...incidentally just what NEW sanctions have been leveled against N. Korea...stop sending vodka to their prez. or what?

    August 2, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if they responded, but I don't think that they will. We need to figure out where they are getting whatever they used to build everything. Once we find their sources of imported material, then we can threaten to seize them entirely or slow their production to a crawl if other items don't get their attention.

    August 2, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. Anonymous

    At leat, they did not drop a nuke on S. Korea after all, so there may be someone around with better sense than the Kim family.

    August 2, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Angus McDugan

    Lil Kim is on his death bead. There are no sanctions or negotiating tools available to change his mind. Identify the next in line to lead NK and start digging a toe-hold there.

    August 2, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Sanctions are a joke. They never work, anywhere.

    August 2, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Kim John Ill is much like Castro both of them have nothing to loose and dont give a care there both knocking on the devils door with very little time left for someone to answer .

    August 2, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. DENNA

    North Korea does not care what we do. They are not our friends and never will be. We must secure our borders and make sure we can repel an attack if it comes to that. We have to recognize when we can't negotiate with a country.

    August 2, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. JC

    Go for the sanctions but don't expect North Korea to come around. The government of North Korea simply does not care about its population, so why should we, if the North Korean leaders can move on and claim they stood upto the United States, they shall, if they can get away with bullying and threats they will. Some day however, their bluff is going to be called, and then the regeim will either crumble from within or we will once and fore all finish the Korean War.

    August 2, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. marxist dogs are out of control

    Just smile at them Barry and work your wonderous charm. You told us that is the way it would work. No tougher sanctions. Just your caliphatical excellence.

    August 2, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. thor

    Foreign policy based on "hope" is a terrible way for a country that was once a world leader to pursue.

    August 2, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |