Condemning the Missile Launch and Next Steps
April 20, 2012
It is not often the case that one hears such heavy rhetoric as “strongly condemns,” “deplores,” and “aggressive behavior” in referring to a country or regime in international relations. Yet, when it comes to North Korea, it may no longer be a surprise. The UN Security Council issued a Presidential Statement on April 16 in response to the missile launch by North Korea on April 13. Even though it is a Presidential Statement by the Security Council, it is well worth being regarded as a unified stance of the international community. There has surely been a consensus among the fifteen member states representing various regions: China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Colombia, and South Africa are there, just to name a few. Faced with provocative actions like nuclear and missile tests, a consistent and unified message should be given to North Korea. When it comes to non-proliferation issues, the international community should continue to be insistent and persistent.