July 7, 2006


Japan pushes for sanctions on N. Korea (NICK WADHAMS, 7/07/06, Associated Press)

Over Chinese and Russian objections, Japan introduced a draft Security Council resolution Friday that would impose sanctions on North Korea for its series of rocket test-launches and also order a halt to its development of ballistic missiles.

Backed by the United States, Britain and France, the resolution condemns the series of missile launches that the North conducted Wednesday after both its enemies and allies around the world warned it not to.

By putting forth the resolution, Japan risked a showdown with China and Russia, which have said they oppose sanctions or even passing a legally binding resolution on the issue.

When you've got the US and Britain on your side it's the opposition that's taking the risk.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2006 10:43 PM
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