U.N. Watch: Sanctions 'no big deal'
Another reported nuclear test by North Korea. And another round of United Nations Security Council sanctions, approved unanimously and touted by the State Department as “the strongest set of sanctions so far.”
Yet despite the latest U.N. crackdown, which prohibits importing all natural gas liquids and condensates and caps North Korea's crude oil imports, President Trump characterized the measures as “just another very small step, not a big deal.” And he's not alone.
Lawmakers, including Democrats, say the U.S. isn't doing enough to exert pressure on China — North Korea's steadfast ally and primary trading partner. According to Marshall Billingslea, an assistant secretary in the Treasury Department, China's leaders do nothing as the rogue nation uses its banks and front companies to conduct business.
And Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has suggested that there are more “tools” to put additional pressure on North Korea.
Meanwhile it's business as usual for North Korea's bank representatives in Russia, which flagrantly disregards “the very resolutions adopted by Russia at the U.N.,” Mr. Billingslea said.
For all its Security Council resolutions, the United Nations remains ineffective in curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions. What's increasingly evident is that any solution to the North's nuclear brinkmanship will originate from outside the confines of Turtle Bay.