Friday, June 12, 2009

Wire: China Warns Against Use of Force in Carrying Out North Korea Sanctions

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2009 -- Newswire services this evening reported that China warned about the dangers involved in inspecting North Korean cargo under United Nations Security Council sanctions approved yesterday, saying countries intercepting vessels should avoid armed action.

"Under no circumstance should there be the use of force or the threat of use of force" in implementing the sanctions in Resolution 1874, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui said in New York. Inspecting vessels carrying North Korean cargo is "complicated" and "sensitive," he said, accprding to a news report.

The Security Council voted 15 to O to punish North Korea for its May nuclear-bomb test and missile launches. The resolution authorizes stepped-up inspection of air or sea cargoes suspected of being destined for the development of nuclear arms or ballistic missiles. The measure also calls for new restrictions on loans and money transfers to North Korea. noted that the U.S. is prepared to "confront" a vessel suspected of carrying an illegal shipment and attempt to board it "consensually," Rice told reporters. If the crew refuses a boarding or to go to a nearby port for an inspection, the U.S. would make clear "whose vessel it is" and the likely cargo, "to shine a spotlight on it, to make it very difficult for that contraband to continue to be carried forward," Rice added.

(Report from newswire sources.)

Source: China Warns Against Force in Carrying Out North Korea Sanctions

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