June 14th, 2009
10:54 AM ET
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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. John G

    Hmmm...Rogue state, weapons of mass destruction, United States leading the charge to "enforce the UN resolution"

    Sounds familiar...

    Maybe the UN should enforce its own resolution for once. Maybe the Chinese should take some of the missiles they have aimed at Taiwan and aim them at Pyongyang. Maybe we should avoide getting involved in another major conflict until AFTER we finish up in Iraq and Afghanistan and decide what we're going to do about Pakistan.


    June 14, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. yuri

    Fatsoes like RL, and NG, ought to be banned from makin' public statements as the ones recently that are creating a lot of brouhaha about their closet-toughness. Once outside the closet, they are as vulnerable as earthworms. They yust aren't expressin' their free opinions, but a set of forceful and idiotic ideologies that can spew vitriol and venom.

    Look at GHWB, 41, who completed paracutin' on his 85th b'day. He, along with Pawlenty, Romney, and a few sensible and perhaps classy GOPs must be listened to rather than those other windbags.

    June 14, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Colin in Canada

    I will say this again. While, in theory, diplomacy is and should always be the first option, there are regimes in this world controlled by dictators who are not, and never will, respond to it. The left would love for us to live in a world where we all hold hands in a circle and sing Kumbaya. If you give them a bit of what they want, they will back off, right? When will you people wake up and realize that these people don't think like we do? They don't care about diplomacy, peace or democracy. Whether we like it or not, there will always be bad people in this world, and they need to be dealt with swiftly and decisively. I am not suggesting that we go to war with North Korea or Iran, but "please stop creating and testing nukes" is laughable. THEY DON'T CARE. When will you people realize that? Those who forget and don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Remember back in 1938 when Britain said to Hitler that it was okay for them to invade Austria and "let them" take part of Czechoslovakia? Remember that "diplomacy"? What happened next? Hitler invaded Poland and the entire world went to war, the bloodiest, most deadly war in our history. These people can't, and frankly, don't want to be reasoned with. When will you people realize that?

    June 14, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. bk

    The only thing that works is stopping their money.

    June 14, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    These loathing, self-righteous, under-educated hateful right-wingers should all be rounded up and sent to Gitmo. Or better yet, send them all to fight N. Korea. Either way, they're all a bunch of pathetic whiny weaklings that shoud be deported or permanently muzzled for the betterment of society. If the right-wingers want to wage war against our President, I say we take it to them first before the likes of Limbaugh, Newt, Beck, Palin, etc can mobilize them. Love America, or leave it all you worthless Goppers. Nobody ever said you have to like the President, but to show the hate and disrespect some of you exhibit is sickening. I will never vote for any RepubliCON, for any position ever again.

    June 14, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Cali J

    To Dawn in PA:

    Obama doesn't speak softly, because his teleprompter won't let him.
    He also doesn't carry a big stick, just apologies and big ears.

    And for those of you who say "Let China handle this," 2 things. China sided with NK during the Lorean war and killed many American Soldiers during the Christmas attack at Chosin. Also, those who live in Hawaii or Alaska may have a different opinion since they live within missle distance of NK

    June 14, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. lee simmons

    It is easy to sit back judge from the comfort of your cell phone or notebook. The current administration is acting with wisdom. It would be unwise to meddle with N. Koreran's affairs directly. Imposing and supporting U.N.'s sanctions to bring Korea into the understanding, their way is not profiting them in the long run, is more feasible, to serve our interests, abroad. It will bring Korea to the table with the rest of, the free world.

    June 14, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. RealityKing

    And what will the doofus do to stop NK from weaponizing its nuclear power? Bend over and accept it..., just like Obama is doing with Iran!?

    June 14, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. RealityKing

    Japan and South Korea would be wise to build their own nuclear capabilities than accept the word of this weak US administration. Clearly they don't keep campaign promises..

    June 14, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Peter E

    Obama is just continuing Bush's foreign policies. What did Bush do for the past eight years? He coddled NK, and even gave it aid, knowing fully well what they were up to. When NK finally tested a nuclear weapon, what did Bush do? NOTHING! Obama taking the UN sanctions seriously is actually an improvement over what the previous administration did!

    June 14, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Limbaugh is a Liberal

    All warmongers report for duty! Since you're so worried about third-world countries invading us, why not volunteer to fight? It would also immediately solve our unemployment problem! Oh, but I guess hiding behind computer screens, writing trash about the government is so much easier than actually doing something for your country once! Oh, and you're still expecting tax cuts, knowing fully well how much a war would cost? Hypocrites!

    June 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. chris Skinner

    Some of you republican minded individual are ridiculus. I am an independent, but this is NOTHING like Iraq....There was 15-0 vote (including China) WHICH IS HOW DIPLOMACY WORKS.... I give OBAMA a lot of props for the way they have handled this.

    I don't agree w/ OBAMA on some policy's, but he's doing a great job considering what was inherited by CHAINEY!

    June 14, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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