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Germany demands North Korea be punished
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Germany demands North Korea be punished

Published: 08 Mar 2013 14:42 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Mar 2013 14:42 GMT+01:00

"We will also have to discuss in Brussels on Monday whether we have to take further European measures against North Korea beyond the United Nations sanctions," Guido Westerwelle told reporters.

"We will discuss how we Europeans make our contribution to allowing the pressure on the regime not to abate," he said.

Germany is "very concerned" about the "provocation" that North Korea has been showing for months, government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.

But he said the international community remained ready to talk "should the North Korean regime decide – which we hope – that it wants to observe its responsibility towards its own population, and also towards the world community."

Seibert welcomed the "strong and above all homogeneous" decision by the UN Security Council to beef up existing sanctions on the communist state in response to its February nuclear test.

China is Pyongyang's sole major ally and by far its biggest trading partner but also voted Thursday for the UN resolution, which prompted North Korea to respond with fresh threats of nuclear war.

Westerwelle said he welcomed China's stance at the Security Council and that it was now Beijing's responsibility "to make clear to the rulers in Pyongyang that they have gone over the top with these fresh threats and provocations."

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16:11 March 8, 2013 by Steve1949
As long as it's just talk the Germans are brave. Should it escalate into something like an actual war I'm sure the Germans won't be demanding to send in troops.
17:22 March 8, 2013 by raandy
I fail to see why those that support sanctions can't see that they don't work. Sanctions only hurt the most vulnerable in the nations hit by sanctions. Cuba would be a good example. Over 50 years of sanctions have achieved nothing. Sanctions against Iraq were also ineffective. All sanctions do is raise the level of belligerence in the nation targeted. They clearly don't work. I believe sanctions only fuel anger in the nations under siege. Sanctions actually work against those that institute them.

China ,will not discontinue its multi billion dollars exports to N.Korea, the last thing they want is for North Korea to collapse and their hords swarming across the DMZ , there by removing the buffer between South Korea and its ally the USA.
17:38 March 8, 2013 by lucksi
@Steve: It's not just talk. We are also sending a very strongly worded letter. So there!
17:57 March 8, 2013 by holly55
Nothing will work with N. Korea until they attack the South in a serious manner; then all hell will break loose. The Chinese are fed up with the regime and will probably not support them in a war against S. Korea/USA. China has too much investment capital to lose if they do.

North Korea is living in lalaland. The powers that be are antiquated in their world view and unable to realize what is in their own best interest, ie. to develop while the chances of doing so are there.
20:02 March 8, 2013 by sonriete
Maybe they should just be allowed to produce their nuclear weapons. Why do people care so much anyway? For all their talk, they have not gone to war in the past 65 years, goodness knows, the French certainly have, and we allow them to have nuclear bombs. Look at just this past year, French aircraft bombing Libya nonstop, barely a few months went by and they are back at again in Mali. One can not point to any such aggression on the part of the North Koreans, maybe we should trust them more than the French.
20:34 March 8, 2013 by wxman
The great and powerful Dear Leader gazes across the DMZ at the evil southern kingdom with his really neato early 20th Century binoculars. Accompanying him is the only soldier with less military experience than pudgy boy, a 15 year old. Enough with this petulant enuch (his wife is pregnant by a rea lman in the military), drop a nuke on Pyongyang and these scum will be in the Stone Age for a century.
20:54 March 8, 2013 by RosieRosebud
Makes me have compassion for the poor people of North Korea. Can you even imagine what their lives are? Some so hungry they kill and eat their own children or dig up the bodies of kids who have died so that they can eqt them, while these crazed lunatics spend the nations money on weapons of mass destruction. How unimaginably horrific. All the while lardass sits in cozy comfort, obviously filling his fat face.
22:31 March 8, 2013 by grazhdanin
I don't feel provoked by North Korea at all
10:40 March 9, 2013 by Istabraq
I don't feel provoked by North Korea either. I feel provoked by Angie and her forcing of austerity on other Eurozone neighbours. Maybe a trade embargo on German goods will sort her out and help her and big German companies that they need the rest of us more than we need them.
11:44 March 9, 2013 by wood artist
@raandy

You may well be correct, but what other options are there? It's pretty clear that any reasonable combination of countries could win a war, but at what cost? Who wants the bill to rebuild the place? How many millions would die if they did explode a nuclear device? Could we really expect China to quietly sit still while a war resumes on their border? China is probably correct that millions of refugees would try to get out by going to China...the only option they have.

If there are still issues with the reunification of Germany, think of those same issues, much larger, in Korea. China has been reticent to do anything in the past, largely because they don't need the headaches. It's cheaper for them to pay a little "protection money" via food and oil than confront the Real Problem next door, and to this point that's worked.

If they go nuclear, would others respond in kind? It seems unlikely, but if this thing explodes (literally or figuretively) nobody knows where it will end up. Clearly the NK army is willing to commit suicide for young Kim, so it's not going to be pretty in any case. Ironically, Germany may be the best historical study, simply because it was a society heavily influenced by propaganda and ended up fighting a war that couldn't be won. I'd hate to see that again anywhere.

The sanctions aren't necessarily the fastest option, nor the best, but they're certainly better than more shooting.

@sonriete

The real issue is that unlike most other nuclear powers, they just might be willing to use them. Even talking about a nuclear first strike is pretty scary. Yes, Germany and the US aren't likely to be directly impacted, but that's still bad enough. I don't have much confidence that they wouldn't use them if they really felt threatened, and having seen the results of the first two I'd just as soon not see a third one ever.

wA
15:33 March 9, 2013 by Englishted
@RosieRosebud

Some of what you say maybe true ,but be careful when stories about eating babies start because they have been used throughout history to demonise enemies.
01:03 March 10, 2013 by bob searcy
@ englishted,

eating dead babies must be the propaganda strategy when bayonetted pregnant women gets overused. ( kuwait )
17:12 March 10, 2013 by raandy
wood artist,

It would be doubtful that N. Korea will want to engage in a war, that they would surely lose.

Their attempts at building a nuclear weapon, is their defiance to nations that already have them. Rouge they are but stupid they are not.I would think a more positive approach rather than negativism would be a better tool. Like the proverbial stick and carrot approach. We used sanctions, and they have only stiffed their resolve to not comply. The supposed goal is to convince N Korea that they should not develop these weapons, the sanctions and threats are not working.Time to try something positive.
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