North Korea could face a U.N. Security Council resolution Wednesday after test-firing a long-range missile earlier in the day. The Security Council met at 10 a.m. EDT to discuss Pyongyang's launch of at least seven missiles, including a long-range Taepodong-2 that could, in theory, reach Alaska, in defiance of the international community. Read more.
The U.S. is seeking assistance from the U.N. Security Council in dealing with North Korea's threats. Do you think this is the right approach?
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"Asking for the U.N.'s assistance in dealing with North Korea is the wrong approach. We shouldn't seek a permission slip to deal with them. We should have taken out the North Korean regime in the early 1950s, and then we wouldn't have to deal with them today." — Virginia
"What other approach can we take? It's not just N. Korea we would be up against, but Russia and China as well. We would not stand a chance going at it alone. More than likely, sanctions will be mild because of Russia and China, but we need to be realistic." — Ed (Central Point, OR)
"At this point, I believe dealing with North Korea through the United Nations is proper. I don't know if diplomatic efforts will do anything, though. A diplomatic solution will only work if both sides are reasonable. If history is any indicator, North Korea and Kim Jong Il are not." — Winston (Clermont, FL)
"The U.N. should not be consulted. After all, they blew it on Iraq. The U.N. couldn't find the weapons of mass destruction that were there. The president made it clear that we will not talk with North Korea directly; hopefully our allies in China and Japan will exert pressure to bring them around. If not, we can certainly make it painful for them to resist our objectives." — Chris
"U.N. sanctions are the way to deal with North Korea's latest installment threats. It is an opportunity for the U.N. to justify its existence in today's global community. By threatening the launches weeks in advance, and then choosing July 4th to launch, North Korea clearly indicates that this is another attempt to draw us into unilateral talks. The very existence of the North Korean regime and its illegal activities put it within the purview of the U.N." — Matt
"No, the U.S. should not take the North Korean situation before the United Nations; we should handle it ourselves. The United Nations has shown that it is incapable of resolving urgent issues. The U.S., on its own, has to make an emphatic statement to N. Korea that it must cease the firings or face the consequence." — Sam (Memphis, TN)
"We have been directly threatened by North Korea; therefore, it is our problem to deal with them. We don't need to presumptively strike North Korea to stop the threat. I believe we need to shoot down their test missiles to make the point that whatever they do won't work." — Richard (Des Moines, IA)
So they launched some missiles, so what? Since when has test-firing rockets been a crime? If they have a missile that can reach the USA, we build up our army as a deterrent. I think that if North Korea wants to build up their army, let them. However, I think we should stop supplying them. No more food, no more technology, no more money. How can they feed their army, or pay their soldiers if they have no food or money? — Brad
We should involve the U.N. based on their past successes...when and where? How about we stop sending North Korea food and oil? Seriously, does anyone out there think this is anything other than an attention-getting ploy by Kim Jong Il to get the U.S. back to the negotiating table, where he will once again make promises (as he did to Madeline Albright), only to turn around and quickly break them? Once again, in the tradition of Jimmy Carter, we can thank an ineffective and diplomatically impotent Democratic president for planting the seeds for this crisis. — George (South Carolina)
Honestly, I don't have a lot of faith in the U.N. I am surprised we still deal with that corrupt and impotent organization. The six-party talks are the best bet to take care of this problem, short of war! — Gary (Fairborn, Ohio)
The Security Council in inept. Why continue down a road that leads nowhere? If we Americans are concerned about North Korea - and we should be - we should take a closer look at their financial backing: China is the major player, and China's economy is fueled with American dollars. We should boycot Chinese goods and see whether that might encourage a change in North Korean policy. If boycotting China is not a viable political decision, we should, at least, trade with North Korea, purchase whatever they can produce, and send American dollars there without going through the hypocrisy of Chinese trade. The big red middle man would lose a hold on that country and North Korea would no longer be the parrot sitting on China's shoulder. — Leah (Texas)
The U.N. is useless and not in the best interests of the United States. Our foreign policy must not be governed by Russia and China especially when our national security is at stake. We are fully capable of diplomacy and that avenue should never be abandoned but stronger measures should not be prevented by Russia and China who have their own self interests in mind. I would like to see the U.N. disbanded so that rogue countries with delusions of world domination could not rely on the protection of Russia or China by a simple veto. Russia and China have no investment and nothing to lose with their vetoes and I doubt they would be committed to military action against the U.S. if they didn't agree with our policy. — Carolyn (Selma, AL)
We can go through the motions of bringing this matter before the U.N. However, the U.N. has proven again and again that it's a laughing stock and incapable of affecting any world crisis. In the end, it will be the US that has to deal with this menace. — Debbie (North Carolina)
Has it occurred to anyone that the North Koreans were not testing their long-range missiles? They could have been testing their guidance systems or even their launch systems. Everyone seems to think the missile failed because it only lasted about 45 seconds. Maybe they did not mean for the missile to last very long. They tested their long range missile a few years ago, and it soared over Japan. Maybe right now they are just fine tuning their guidance and launch systems. — Matt
When the United States starts wielding the big stick instead of just saying 'bad boy,' then we will be respected by the rest of the world. Iraq, Iran and North Korea all need to feel our wrath. The U.N. is a weak sister organization. — Sheldon (Maryville, TN)