April 5th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Reed calls for UN action against North Korea

(CNN) - The United Nations Security Council should immediately respond to North Korea's recent rocket launch, Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

"This was the deliberate provocation against the wishes not only of the United States but of the international community and the regional powers, China, Japan, Russia," said Reed, a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee.

"So [President Obama] has to go initially to the United Nations Security Council and, I think, produce some concrete sanctions either enhancing the enforcement of present sanctions or additional sanctions in order to respond to what is a very calculated, very provocative act on the North Koreans."

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. S Callahan

    I fully disagree....the leader is acting as an adolescent...and needs to learn restraint.....an adolescent learns best with tough love not smacks. God has the upper hand in this one...

    April 5, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. eric in texas

    Why the outcry? We KNEW this would happen. It ALWAYS happens. This is how North Korea operates. They use blackmail. The UN sanctions them, they create some type of scenario that strikes fear into people and then they promise to stop if other countries will give them (fill in the blank) aid. The other countries do this and then North Korea strikes again when they want something else. Do you really think this is any different? The North Koreans will say that they will dismantle the program if they are given (fill in the blank).

    I served in South Korea for a year during my military career and we were always people told about how fast the North Koreans could flood into South Korea and take out Seoul so very quickly. So why don't they if all they want is power? Because they play up to everyones fears and get what they want.

    April 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Emilie

    REED it was only a test and it failed.
    Relax.....think.....DO WE WANT another WAR?
    I don't think so!

    April 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Lynn

    S Callahan: So are you intimating that America acts and potentially starts a war in Korea...haven't we been there before? ..and what does "god" have to do with it??

    April 5, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Avi Shlomo

    I am puzzeled with all the fuss. so many nations have violated the none proliferation treat or never signed on it. How come we allowed the israeli enitity, lonmg before that white south Africa and now India and Pakistan and before than China to have nuclear weapon and now we beating on little North Korea. wake up people, those states are of more threats to our national Security than Korea.

    April 5, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. ck

    And just what is Obama going to do...

    Oh, I know.. the classic Clinton finger wave... LOL

    Our enemies know Obama is spineless...


    April 5, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. sandy

    Well, we can all thank our lucky stars that this guy and the republicans aren't in office or our troops would probably be on their way already. Obama will think things out very appropriately before he acts.

    April 5, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Shannon

    I disagree with Reed, the U.S. can't just shoot from the hip on this one. In classic Obama syle, I think he will study the options, consult with advisors, then make a decision.

    If this were a surprise missle launch then maybe Reed is right, but this has ben announced for weeks, the whole world knew this was going to happen.

    April 5, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. nick

    What would you have us do ,Jack? Bomb them, and start another war? When will we learn that all Countries have the right to do what they will: Now, if they try to do harm to us, then we can strike with our power, but not before. Our last "cowboy" President forgot that the guy in the black hat has to draw first, then and only then can the guy in the white hat draw and shoot.

    April 5, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Hendrik

    Leave the North Koreans alone. They will do NOTHING. I have served in Korea twice and it always is the same tune. Give or I will do something.

    If we were to do anything it should be to stop the suffering of their people.

    April 5, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. No Hillary = No Obama

    Do you really think North Korea is going to listen to the yapping politico's? No. This is the deal. The first time they tried a launch, it failed. Now the 2nd time, it zooms over Japan. Next time, it will zoom over Hawaii. The 4th time it's San Francisco. Get it, trial and error. And what is the UN going to do about it, what is Obama's tough talk going to do about it? North Korea holds the power.

    April 5, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Dave NYC

    Of course it was a deliberate provocation – it fits the pattern with North Korea, no on should be surprised!

    But we should be wary of anyone willing to rush to war... they are basically launching trash cans into the air, they pose no more a threat than Saddam Hussein's Scud missiles.

    April 5, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. jen

    it is none of our business, they dont tell us we can t lauch a satelite, we need to butt out

    April 5, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Simmy

    President Obama has his hands full. Tell them if they do it again Russia, China and Japan will blow them into oblivion. Leave US alone.

    April 5, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Deborah, Bronx

    Reed, can't yu see it's ATTENTION these Fools Want. Why are yu wanting the UN to give them any!! They Heard Obama, and continued anyway, do yu think they CARE what is SAID. STOP playing up to North Korea!! How MANY UNECCESSARY Wars do yu want us to be involved in!!?? I only HOPE the UN doN'T offer these Fools (starving for Attention – like Oscar De La Renta) any Money!!

    April 5, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Texas Teacher

    As I just stated in the previous article.... let us allow China to take care of her own back yard! She is more than capable... and we are not the care takers of the world. That is the Bush Cowboy way of dealing with everything. This is a new century.. and cowboy diplomacy is a thing of the past. It's a new day.... time for a new mentality... and Obama is bringing that along here.

    April 5, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. The Broker.

    Disagree with who? Korea is Korea. The USA is the USA. Borack Obama said on Friday: "I am not the President of the USA".
    North Korea may be a dictatorship But America has no Leader. at-all...

    April 5, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Franky

    For the record guys, they don't care, O.K? They don't what we would do with them, whether is tightening sanctions or any other act. If they feel like they need to call, then they will but have they ever called our hand? Tell me, have they? North Korea is gonna do whatever it has and you're probably right, we are probably gonna be a bit tough but trust me, North Korea is gonna use it for motivation and come on, let's be fair, no one trusts North Korea, right? And you think is still gonna make a difference?

    I seen the poll that CNN has here and I have to say, for the record, no one tells you what to do, just like we don't tell all of Africa how to handle their people or how we tell Latin America how to handle trade, is that simple. The problem is that if Venezuela or even a country like Iran have their own, then paranoia sinks in and all of a sudden then all of a sudden no one will trust nobody and everyone will be on their own. We can argue who is right or who is wrong but in the end, these are the same people that are within our system, little that people if one of them collapses, it has a major effect on all of us.

    North Korea sounded serious, and they sounded truthful but you think people are gonna believe em? Let alone we believe their leader and you wonder why we don't believe their state...they are secluded, they have a few friends, you either like them or you don't, is your decision. And by the way, North Korea is pretty much saying to you, "Hey look how high I can jump now." And you think they'll listen?? Please...

    April 5, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Stephen

    Something like this will come along every few years. It's up to Obama to decide if he's going to fall into the 'peace in our time' camp or the 'speak softly but carry a big stick' camp.

    April 5, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. JonDie

    'This was the deliberate provocation against the wishes not only of the United States but of the international community and the regional powers, China, Japan, Russia,' said Reed, a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee."

    This is deliberate demagoguery and political grandstanding on the part of Senator Reed. Most people in the world could care less about North Korea.

    And Sen. Reed can't possibly think that China and Russia are mere "regional powers" and not INTERNATIONAL powers.

    April 5, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Ann

    What are you going to do? Place sanctions on them???
    They are already isolated from the world, and have been for some time. Nowadays, the poorest third world nations have more power than the United States... we'd better learn how to control this problem.

    April 5, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. Joe Fattal

    This government tend sometimes to elevate a country to act as the aggressor when in most cases is the other way around. Why worrying about North Korea, if they ever strike anyone, it will be their own country. We doing the same thing with Iran and its nuclear program. We elevating them so they can be portrayed as a threat to the whole world. The more attention they want, the more they get. They need to be ignore.

    April 5, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Ken in NC

    The President of North Korea and his Generals are all acting like children throwing a temper tantrum. They need to be spanked and sent to their room without supper. The supper needs to be given to the people of Korea.

    April 5, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. yuri

    Kim Jong Il is kaleidoscopically ill and is seekin' kudos from the world about his missile plan. He still seems like a sicko, solicitin' some serious sanctions, we reckon, from several spheres, and so his sole desire of stockin' stockpiles of serious nuclear strategies should be socked with simultaneous seizure of some solid rocket fuel, as well.

    April 5, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Helen, NY

    Sen Reed can just talk like Obama. He has no idea what it is like. They were criticizing George Bush for 'No Action' against North Korea while he was insisting on six party talks. Now Barack can go to North Korea and to meet their leader without any pre-conditions as he wants to do it for Iran. What a jerk.

    April 5, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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