Are unenforced Sanctions really Sanctions?

China ignores main UN sanction 

No sign yesterday of imposition of new inspections on border with Korea

A GLOBAL crackdown on North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme began yesterday but countries were divided over how UN sanctions should most effectively be enforced.

Japan and Australia, staunch North Korea critics, prepared harsher penalties against the communist regime; South Korea was mum on details of its plans; and China, a major source of leverage over Pyongyang, refused to be involved in certain measures.

The divergent response foreshadows what analysts predict will be a rocky road toward enforcing the UN Security Council’s bid to penalise North Korea for what it said was its first-ever atomic bomb test last week.

Unless the Sanctions are enforced, the UN Resolution is nothing more than empty Rhetoric….

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