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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Of UN Resolutions, Russian Decrees and No Rice for You - North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree against North Korea that is inline with the U.N. resolution 1718, which recalled previous relevant resolutions 825 from 1993; 1540 from 2004 and 1695 from 2006 banning:

“trading with North Korea in materials, goods and technology which could contribute to North Korea's development of weapons of mass destruction-related programs such as those of missiles and nuclear weapons.”

“It also prohibits exports of luxury goods to North Korea and those to the North from third countries by way of Russia or Russian business corporations.”

U.N. resolution 1718 reaffirmed, expressed the gravest concern, expressed profound concern, expressed a firm conviction, deplored, deplored further, condemned, demanded and decided. Perhaps this is why Putin took as long as he did in issuing his presidential decree.

According to first deputy head of the State Duma Leonid Slutsky:

‘”Pyongyang isolated itself from the world community and tries to develop its nuclear program on its own."’

In related news:

“U.S. President George W. Bush admitted during his talks in April with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the U.S. government failed to fully read North Korean actions over the recent banking impasse.”

The “recent banking impasse” the agreement with North Korea:

“which has many parts, working groups, and rewards for Pyongyang, all spun out of the Six-Party talks in Beijing, and described by Hill, State’s envoy to the talks, as “an excellent plan.” This Saturday (4/15/07) marks the deadline for the initial 60-day phase in which Kim was supposed to have spent the time shutting down his Yongbyon reactor, providing a map of his entire nuclear program and opening wide for inspections.”

Concerns at the time were that North Korea would miss the deadline referred to above; which surprisingly North Korea missed….hmmmm.

Kim and the Gang are all worked up today with the accusation that South Korea has failed to honor “a promise to ship it more rice aid. The South for its part will only provide the rice as promised, once the North actually gets around to honoring its pledge to start nuclear disarmament.

DeMediacratic Nation agrees with the South Korean stand on the rice shipment and expresses the gravest concern, profound concern, a firm conviction, deplores, deplores further, and last, but not least condemns North Korea for its actions or inactions.

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