North Korea's Mystery Weapons - Page 2
Sri Lanka also denied any knowledge of the weapons, and while militarily inferior to Iran, it probably doesn’t need them either. China is a better supplier. Yet Colombo as a destination provokes valid hypotheticals if only because they're likely to be hushed. UN Resolution 1874, signed in June to further restrict North Korea arms dealing, was meant to embarrass other rogue states too.
Iran, Myanmar, or even Eastern Europe - but not Sri Lanka, a US trade and arms partner already under fire for human rights abuses during its military victory over the Tamil Tigers.
This possibility leads to a crack in Resolution 1874. North Korea is a convicted felon who’s lost its privileges, but what if the parole officer, prison, and justice system are guilty of similar offenses? America, Canada, France, Russia, and China have proliferated nuclear technology in the past, a core dispute shared by those outside the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
UN Security Council members are also guilty, directly or indirectly, of past and present human rights abuses in conflict zones. Western and Asian states legally deal arms into conflicts like Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka, where the victims are often civilian. Many consider the Iraq war illegal. Is legality relative? How long will these pipelines stay open?
And how long before America, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea develop a real solution to disarm North Korea’s nuclear program, resurrect its people, and restore regional confidence? Arms embargoes are quick fixes and America can't keep playing cops and robbers forever. Antagonizing as Kim Jong II is, a political/economic accord is the only viable long-term solution for the region - unless you to count nuclear war as an option.
US diplomats should be working harder than US intelligence agents to crack the code.