China pressured to punish North Korea over nuclear test
“Beijing has obstructed all previous attempts [at the Security Council], and its obstructionism has only encouraged further North Korean provocations,” said Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation.
“The key to stemming North Korea’s cycle of provocation is to seriously engage the Chinese in exercising leverage over their neighbor,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Obama’s ‘failed’ policy
The Obama administration’s options are limited. Washington already has in place a tough sanctions regime against Pyongyang.
President Obama condemned the North Korean test as a “highly provocative act” that “undermines regional stability.” He said the test violates Pyongyang’s international commitments and increases the risk of proliferation.
“The danger posed by North Korea’s threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action by the international community,” Mr. Obama said.
Republican lawmakers said North Korea’s nuclear test was proof that the U.S. policy is not working.
“Today’s test is another reminder of years of failed policies to prevent North Korea’s nuclear programs and proliferation,” said Mr. Rogers. “We need a completely new approach to dealing with this growing national security threat.”
“The Obama administration must replace its failed North Korea policy with one that is energetic, creative and focused on crippling [the North Korean] regime’s military capabilities through stringent sanctions that tackle its illicit activities and cuts off its flow of hard currency,” the California Republican said.
The news agency said the test was a “first measure” and warned that North Korea could conduct a “stronger second or third measure” if the United States continues with “[its] hostility and complicates the situation.”
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