'Naval Blockade is Way to Discourage N. Korea's Nuke Ambitions'

Write : 2017-09-14 14:59:52 Update : 2017-09-14 16:52:28

'Naval Blockade is Way to Discourage N. Korea's Nuke Ambitions'

The former NATO supreme allied commander, James Stavridis, has claimed that the most effective way to discourage North Korea’s ambition to develop nuclear weapons is a naval blockade.
In an article titled “A Naval Blockade Is the Best Option to Cut Off North Korea” contributed to Bloomberg on Wednesday, Stavridis said “the only way to keep the Kim regime from violating UN sanctions would be a stringent naval blockade.”
The retired U.S. Navy admiral said the latest round of UN Security Council(UNSC) sanctions approved on Monday are insufficient to get North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to abandon his nuclear ambitions. However, he was quick to add that new measures within the latest UNSC resolution “to interdict ships breaking trade embargoes against Pyongyang could be baby steps toward much stronger sanctions enforcement.”
Stavridis went on to say that “while a full-on blockade would require a Security Council resolution, it would be possible for the U.S. to immediately start putting in place the rudiments of a comprehensive inspection regime on the high seas.”
Stavridis said the naval blockade would serve three key purposes: definitively cutting off North Korea’s access to oil imports from the sea; stopping North Korean exports, especially textiles and seafood; and ensuring that high-tech machinery and raw materials that might support Kim’s nuclear weapons and missile programs are not allowed into the North. 

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