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North Korea asks UN Security Council to apologize

As far as I can tell this is the first time a state has called upon the Security Council to apologize for an action. The New York Times is reporting:

“Unless the U.N. Security Council immediately apologizes, we will have no choice but to take inevitable additional self-defense measures,” a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman told the North’s state-run news agency, KCNA. “This will include a nuclear test and a test of a intercontinental ballistic missile.”

How bizarre. As will be recalled, the Times notes,

The Security Council adopted a unanimous statement on April 13 denouncing the launch as a violation of an earlier council resolution that banned Pyongyang from conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests. The council called on United Nations member states to tighten sanctions _ a move that Pyongyang on Wednesday harshly criticized.

The Times conintiues to report:

The spokesman also said North Korea has decided to build new nuclear power plants. “And as the fist step of that process, we will without delay start technological development to secure our own supply of nuclear fuel,” he said, referring to its intention to enrich uranium. Engineers use the same technology to produce highly enriched uranium for nuclear bombs.

Wonder what the Security Council will do next? And even more importantly– what will the Obama Administration do?

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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