By Jesse Rice
Monday, the United Nations passed stricter sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including a ban on textile exports and limiting oil imports, according to Fox News.
The stricter regulations came as a result of DPRK’s September 3 nuclear test, the sixth test in the last eleven years. The test drew the attention of Japanese, Chinese, Russian, South Korean, and U.S. officials. Despite some initial hesitancy against stricter sanctions, the UN unanimously voted to support stricter sanctions against the DPRK.
The September nuclear test caused a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, reports the BBC. The earthquake caused by the previous test, in September of 2016, reached a magnitude of 5.3. The current weapon is estimated to be at least three times larger than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, according to the BBC.
The DPRK also tested missiles in the last few months, launching one over northern Japan in August. On September 5, a South Korean lawmaker told CNN that they believed the DPRK were in process of moving an intercontinental ballistics missile but were unsure of specifics. DPRK state media claims it has a hydrogen bomb capable of hitting the U.S., but experts say they cannot be sure unless the DPRK were to actually launch a missile.
South Korean President Moon Jae-In took a different position, calling for the United Nations to implement stronger economic sanctions against the DPRK in the end of August. The BBC reports German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in the need for stronger sanctions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin initially disagreed at the end of August. He said, “Sanctions of any kind now would be useless and ineffective”, reports the BBC. Chinese President Xi Jinping stated the situation must be resolved through “dialogue and consultation”, according to Reuters. However, Al Jazeera reports both China and Russia supported today’s sanctions against the DPRK.
What should we think?
On Friday, before these new sanctions were imposed, LBC Professor of Bible & Theology Dr. Joseph Kim spoke with Focus. He said no matter what happens [referring to any government intervention], Christians should not put too much trust in politics to solve the world’s problems. More than anything else, Kim said, North Korea needs Christ. However, Kim said, governments must walk cautiously to avoid the loss of life. “If we did anything to precipitate that, it would be truly tragic.” How will North Korea react to these new sanctions? Only time will tell.
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