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United Nations passes sanctions on North Korea


North Korea’s role, in my eyes, continues to be that of a child with the recent occurrence of them being sanctioned by the United Nations.

With the announcement of their hydrogen bomb test, allies have decided to take control over their war-begging nature, especially after Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump had their embarrassing scuffle of empty threats. The sanction on North Korea cut off their resources of crude and refined oil along with textile bans and restricted access to visas and work permits for North Korean immigrants and workers.

While this is a large amount of money to cut off from an already poverty-stricken nation, the United Nations made the right decision to do so. When restricting someone of what they need when behavior is unacceptable, the intent is to teach a lesson. Some learn quickly while some are stubborn and ignorant to what’s good for them. If North Korea has any big guns, they essentially have to be slapped on the hand and put in the corner until they learn their lesson. But, of course, the response was that the United States would suffer the “greatest pain” that we could suffer. Yeah, okay.

Once again, this response only makes me see them as parallel to a badly-behaved child when a babysitter threatens to tell the parent about their mess or cutting their little sister’s hair. These threats will continue. Now who would want to retort to that, I wonder. Oh yeah, it’s Trump. Fair; he is the President. Luckily, he did not get too severe with his words in this case. Apparently, the sanction is nothing compared to what he could do to them; yet another threat. I believe though, that despite the role Trump plays, he still has more authority and power than Jong-Un because of the country he runs.

The fact is that America is a more developed and significantly more advanced nation than North Korea, though they think otherwise because they finally developed a “hydrogen bomb.” Though, I’m not sure how accurate the name is for whatever they’ve created.

“We think it’s just another very small step, not a big deal,” Trump said. “I don’t know if it has any impact, but certainly it was nice to get a 15 to nothing vote. But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen…”

I know I may be oversimplifying a serious situation, but it’s hard for me not to see it in a comical and childlike manner with the involved parties. At the same time, sanctioning off North Korea is definitely a big deal considering who all it could provoke. This is most commonly used prior to the development of a war.

“We don’t take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today,” United States ambassador Nikki Haley said. “We are not looking for war.”

Ultimately, the future occurrences depend on North Korea’s further reactions. Their actions could make the sanction go away, or they could make the sanction more severe and possibility of war grow. The most likely scenario; however, is that they make yet another mistake.

We can hope that the childlike, ignorant behavior will cease. But the United Nations should be prepared for the worst case scenario.

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