With North Korea’s recent missile testing the whole world has been looking for a way to contain the growing insecurity of a nuclear war. After two separate nuclear tests this month alone, the United Nations has convened a meeting to impose sanctions and determine how to respond to a possible attack.
One such scenario being discussed is about a possible attack on Guam, which is a territory of the United States, which holds a key military base in the Pacific. The part of the agreement is that being discussed is whether the attack on a territory of a country and not the actual country constitutes the assembling of the alliance against the attacking country, in this case North Korea. The General Secretary of NATO is Jens Stoltenberg said, “What I will say is that we are now totally focused on how can we contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict and press North Korea to stop its nuclear missile programs.”
There are attempts to scare North Korea into ending their nuclear programs by way of sanctions, China has already cut back drastically in the amount of coal that they buy from North Korea which is one of their major exports. Another possible sanction being discussed at The United Nations is whether to sanction how much fuel North Korea is able to buy. The Trump Administration said, “[The United States] is warning that North Korea is “begging for war,” is pressing China and other members of the United Nations Security Council to cut off all oil and other fuels to the country.”
The leader in this push is The United States of America, however there are two United Nations leading countries pushing back who are China and Russia. If this vote where to pass on Monday, September 11, 2017 it will be harshest sanction ever passed by The United Nations. The vote is to cut 90% of the fuel available for purchase by North Korea, this however could cause a possible rift between China, who is North Korea’s biggest trading partner. Inside the White House, there is little desire that the drive to cut off North Korea’s fuel — which echoes a similar ban that the United States used to endeavor to urge Japan to change its behavior in 1941, preceding the assault on Pearl Harbor — will work in view of the Chinese hesitance to make that stride.
Russia doesn’t trust sanctions are working, and President Vladimir Putin fears that cutting of the oil supply could hurt the North Korean citizens. Beijing and Moscow have asked for a stop that would end North Korean atomic rocket tests in return for the U.S. also, South Korea stopping their customary joint military activities, an idea the Trump organization rejected. Trump announced that North Korea would not be allowed shoot off its I.C.B.M.’s. — “It won’t occur!” he tweeted on Jan. 2 — and they were let go. He said the United States would bring “shoot and rage” toward the North in the event that it was undermined, and Sunday’s atomic test, asserted by the North to be a nuclear bomb, was joined by North Korea’s declaration that the weapon could be fitted on a rocket that could achieve the United States.