US sanctions on North Korea need China's support
China's cooperation with new US sanctions on North Korea is 'critical' to their efficacy, US special adviser for nonproliferation Robert Einhorn said Monday in Seoul.
By Huma Yusuf, Correspondent / August 2, 2010
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A senior US envoy on Monday stated that tougher sanctions against North Korea would target arms sales and pressure Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons program.
Robert Einhorn – the State Department’s special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control – was speaking in Seoul at the start of a visit to South Korea and Japan aimed at discussing and implementing harsher sanctions against North Korea. His visit comes two weeks after US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton announced the new sanctions, and a week after joint US-South Korea war games off the peninsula's east coast sent a strong message to the North.
Einhorn’s comments have raised questions about the efficacy of the sanctions, and highlighted China’s role in urging Pyongyang to suspend its nuclear program. Einhorn himself said in his comments that China's support was "critical," reports the Associated Press. [...]
Why are we still dealing with sanctions for NK? It has NEVER worked.
"... sanctions against North Korea will have limited impact since the bulk of Pyongyang's trade is conducted with nations sympathetic to its nuclear ambitions ... Moreover, the efficacy of these new sanctions has been undermined by China, which has recently bolstered economic ties with North Korea and committed to building new bridges across the joint border, reports The New York Times. ..."
Sanctions will simply not work. Enticement was an utter failure, too. Talking is just not effective against these type of regimes and you can't give them anything since they never intend to fulfill their end of the deal. The question is: what is a workable alternative to the useless posturing and chatter?