OK, so North Korea is planning to launch a long-range missile to test its delivery technology. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (why do I always giggle when I contemplate that phrase?) says this would be a “provocative act.”
Well, yes, it would be. But what does Madame Secretary propose to do about it?
“We have made it very clear that the North Koreans pursue this pathway at a cost and with consequences to the six-party talks, which we would like to see revived,” Clinton said Wednesday in Mexico City.
“We intend to raise this violation of the Security Council resolution, if it goes forward, in the U.N.,” she said. “This provocative action in violation of the U.N. mandate will not go unnoticed and there will be consequences.”
Consequences, eh? Like what? Maybe the U.N. Security Council (another phrase that brings a smile, albeit a sad one, to my lips) will write Kim Jung Il a stern letter. That’s what Hans Blix threatened in “Team America.” It did not, alas, work out too well for him: