Monday, October 16, 2006

North Korean Situation

News From the Frontier
This is a good story from the Monterey Herald about the situation in one spot along the Chinese-North Korean border. It does a good job of giving a glimmer of what is and what could happen, depending on how the situation unfolds.
Take a look, here.

From the Security Council
The AP also has a good recap of the Security Council resolution, including additional restrictions imposed by individual countries: U.S., Japan, and potentially Australia.

The Security Council voted Saturday to impose the following sanctions on North Korea, in response to its claim that it has conducted a nuclear test:
_ an embargo on major weapons hardware such as tanks, warships, combat aircraft and missiles.
_ the freezing of the assets of people or businesses connected to weapons programs.
_ a travel ban for anyone involved in weapons program.
_ a ban on the sale of luxury goods to North Korea.
_ a ban on the importing of materials that could be used in unconventional weapons or ballistic missiles.
_ a call for inspections of all cargo leaving and arriving in North Korea to prevent any illegal trafficking in unconventional weapons or ballistic missiles.
In addition to the U.N. resolution, the United States maintains its own sanctions on North Korea, including:
_ a ban on U.S. defense exports and sales to the country.
_ a ban on U.S. aid, including a halt in food deliveries through the World Food Program, though not all food assistance has been banned.
_ several financial restrictions that oppose support for North Korea from international financial institutions and restrict business with banks that the U.S. alleges have helped the regime counterfeit and launder money.
_ strict limits on the amount of trade between the two countries.
Japan has imposed the following additional measures and is considering several more:
_ a ban on the entry of North Korean ships to its ports.
_ a trade embargo.
_ a continued ban on the Mangyongbong-92 ferry's entry into Japanese waters. Japan has restricted the movement of the ferry, which once served a major conduit for trade, since July when North Korea test-fired seven missiles into the waters between the two countries.
Australia is considering the following additional sanctions:
_ a ban on the entry of North Korean ships to its ports.

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