By Richard Grenell
Today the UN Security Council met in an Emergency Meeting to react to the latest illegal rocket launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), known by most people as the country North Korea.
The 15 members of the UN’s most prestigious and important body failed to take action against North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test in January 2016 and Sunday’s rocket launch, which was clearly a test of a ballistic missile.
The same technology used by DPRK to launch a satellite into orbit could deliver a nuclear warhead into downtown Los Angeles. And the Obama Administration is once again caught without a plan. They post hashtags on Twitter and issue press releases talking of their strong condemnation.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has proven to be weak and ineffective. She shockingly called on the UN today to “take action” and implement “serious consequences,” but she failed to put down an actual resolution outlining the actions that should be taken. Power said, “We’re looking forward to expeditiously consulting with our colleagues in the coming days.”
“In the coming days”? This is far from a plan and it is not an acceptable approach from the United States of America. North Korea can reach California and our representative at the UN is woefully unprepared. Power should have had a resolution on the table last month – days after DPRK’s hydrogen bomb test. But she didn’t do anything then and today she again failed to take action. Diplomacy requires serious diplomats who are willing to work urgently. Congress should demand the White House send a tougher negotiator to the UN to help Power immediately.
Click here to read Ambassador Power’s remarks: http://usun.state.gov/remarks/7121