Let’s not hold our breath over the latest United Nations sanctions against North Korea for pursuing nuclear weapons capability. We will turn blue and pass out long before the megalomaniacs running the rogue nation give up their nuclear ambitions.
Many believe the latest round of sanctions only will aid Kim Jong Un’s propaganda machine by shoring up nationalist fervor. The latest sanctions will affect only the North Korean elite class. The majority of North Koreans already live in abject poverty and have been hit hardest by previous sanctions.
The newest Security Council punishment cracks down on the sale of luxury items.
The ruling class that will be hit by these latest sanctions lacks the numbers — most likely the guts — to mount much of a protest.
So Kim Jong Un, like his late father, Kim Jong Il, will bluster about the UN being controlled by the U.S. which, North Koreans believe, bullies the smaller nation. Even as their stomachs rumble and they lack medical aid, North Korea’s masses embrace nationalism in this David and Goliath scenario. They will consider their nation at war. …
The world’s diplomatic options are limited, but there is one flicker of hope — although it rests with a nation we cannot exactly call an ally.
North Korea’s rulers have managed to carry on despite previous sanctions because China has skirted the crackdowns and provided oil and food. That has kept the country going through famine, disasters and the biggest disaster of all, poor leadership.
North Korea will continue its slow, steady efforts to arm itself with nukes. We only hope China’s disenchantment with the leadership there steadily and swiftly grows.