Is the United States Credible as a Guarantor of International Peace and Security?

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May 31, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

On, March 2, 2016 the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on North Korea, citing the DPRK’s:

• Nuclear test of January 6, 2016;
• Its satellite launch of February 7, 2016, which the Security Council said relied on ballistic missile technology which could be used as a nuclear weapons delivery system. (Is it possible to launch a satellite without ballistic missile technology?)

UN Security Council Resolution 2270, championed by the United States, was approved unanimously by all 15 Security Council members, both permanent, and non-permanent, including Venezuela and Angola.

There is nothing in international law that says:

• A country cannot have nuclear weapons. True, there exists a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but it is only binding on the parties to it, not on those who declined to join it, (like Israel), or have, (as North Korea has done), withdrawn from it.

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2 Responses to Is the United States Credible as a Guarantor of International Peace and Security?

  1. beetleypete says:

    I am certain that we can conclude that it is no longer credible. If it ever was…
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Prole Center says:

    Yeah, I don’t think the US has ever had any credibility in that regard.

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