Trump administrations started circulating a draft resolution at the United States Security Council, and if it’s approved, the U.S. Navy and Air Force will have power over North Korea at sea.
As The New York Times reported, this resolution will forbid every shipment of petroleum, natural gas and oil to North Korea, and will give U.S. military the authority to enforce the ban using “all necessary measures.”
If this authorization happens, as Times pointed out, “could set the stage for some of the tensest encounters on the high seas since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.”
55 years ago, when that crisis occurred, John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. Navy to set a blockade around Cuba so that Soviet criminals couldn’t deliver and install ballistic missiles there.
The American ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said she hoped to bring the resolution to a vote by next Monday.
This resolution wouldn’t be classified as a war but could lead to one.
In order to pass this resolution, all five permanent members of U.N. Security Council, including Russia and China must agree.
Vladimir Putin has been against any military actions toward North Korea saying, “could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life.”
“There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue,” he stated on Tuesday.
Chinese officials also think that peaceful negotiations will be the best way to solve this issue.
“China doesn’t want to make North Korea a total enemy,” former special representative for Six-Party Talks with North Korea, Joseph DeTrani, stated. “They want to have some leverage. They don’t want to totally alienate the leadership in Pyongyang.”
Trump administration noted that if the resolution didn’t pass U.S. will end all trades with “anybody that does trade with North Korea,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
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