Putin Heaps Praise on Kim Jong-un, So Why Did He Vote in UN Sanctions on North Korea?

Moscow blames the Korean crisis on the US, yet still helps its pigheaded assault on the North

Putin says North Koreans can’t possibly be expected to lay down their weapons while US refuses to talk and normalize relations, sanctions them anyway

Last week Russian president heaped praise on Kim Jong-un explaining that the “shrewd and mature” North Korean leader has so far outmaneuvered America’s Trump:

I think that Kim Jong Un has obviously won this round. He has achieved his strategic goal. He has a nuclear warhead, and now he also has a missile with a global range of up to 13,000 kilometres, which can reach almost any part of the globe, at least in the territory of his potential adversary. And now he wants to clear up, smooth over or calm down the situation. He is a shrewd and mature politician.

“However, we should be realistic, and… act extremely carefully. If we want to achieve the difficult goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, we should do this through dialogue and talks… we can accomplish this mission if all parties, including North Koreans, become convinced that their security can be also guaranteed without nuclear weapons.

The often invaluable M. K. Bhadrakumar has a piece explaining the praise is meant as a message for Trump to realize he is being less reasonable than Kim. However, last month Moscow helped vote in crippling UN sanctions against North Korea. If Putin wanted to send a message to Trump, would it not have been far more effective to just block the US-proposed expanded sanctions, on the account that US has been engaging in provocations as well?

The sanctions severely limit oil imports and ban virtually all exports, which turns the country into an economic welfare case wholly dependent on Chinese subsidies for as long as the US, which holds veto power in the UN, wants the sanctions maintained. — Which given the absurd levels of hostility against the North in the imperial capital is likely to be for a very long time, possibly for as long as the UN and the American empire exist.

Russia collaborated with the US on this albeit Putin has repeatedly said that no amount of sanctions is ever going to force North Korea to unilaterally cast away its nuclear weapons. In the passage cited above Putin again spells out that the crisis can only be resolved if the parties sit down and North Korea receives security guarantees, both of which the US (but not Pyongyang) categorically refuses.

Putin then recognizes the US is the main obstacle to resolving the crisis, yet he collaborates with it in passing punitive measures against North Korea — the more reasonable of the two parties in dispute. How does this make any sense?

Since the 1990s the North Korean strategy has been to embark on the path of building nuclear weapons and delivery systems of the type that the US, Russia and China have — not as a goal in of itself, but to force the US to finally have to deal with Pyongyang and agree to and end hostilities, in return for some kind of disarmament or weapons limitation on the North Korean side.

If today North Korea looks instead to be on the way to become a de facto fully fledged member of the nuclear club instead — an outcome that Russia and China can not be ecstatic about — this is only because of the pigheadedness of the US, which is only encouraged when China and Russia accommodate it.

You don’t want the Americans to keep making the situation on the Korean Peninsula worse? Well then stop enabling them.

Unfortunately Russia keeps doing the opposite. Gorbachev signed onto the US invasion of Iraq in 1990, Yeltsin passed UN sanctions against Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Medvedev greenlighted NATO intervention in Libya in 2011, and Putin voted in UN sanctions against Iran in 2006 and now against North Korea.

Official Moscow then has the unfortunate habit of collaborating with the American empire against “rogue states” not under the boot of Washington, DC. It is itself then repaid by the US with nothing but enmity and contempt yet it stubbornly refuses to learn the obvious lesson.

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dkkharanti
dkkharanti
3 months ago

The whole promise of nuke states to other nations in NPT was that those nuke states would not improve their arsenal and reduce to zero level their own nukes . For that promise the other nations were forced to sign NPT.
As anglomericans are not adhering to the wording and spirit of nuke deal in NPT the other nations must have freedom to have as many nukes and missiles as is consistent with detrerrance against other nations.
UNO must be dismantled because uno has encouraged the destruction of weaker nations openly by siding with bullying powers.

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Of course anglosaxons always want others to unarmed and themselves to be heavily armed.
Not very brave and chivalrous; is it ?
NPT was forced upon 3rd world with promise that nuclear nations will reduce and then completely denuckearise themsrlves.
That has not happened .on the contrary those nukes states are making nukes more lethal.
In that case 3rd world is not obliged to obey NPT and should get all arms to protect themsrlves.
And UNO has not legitimacy and should be closed down

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dkkharanti
dkkharanti
3 months ago

Russian ally in donbass was winning but in feb 2015 russians forced them to negotiate with ukrainian army resulting in useless minsk two agreement.
Russua froze the winnable war.
In feb 2016 syrian army was winning but traitor lavrov the FM firced assad to ceasefire in order to give respite to west supported faction. Russia did not stop israelu britush abd anerican war planes fron ibtruding i to syrian air space.excuse was that russian base was not under attack .fact is russian base was created to defend tge syrian air space .
Iran was not proibited by Un sc sanctions but russia stopped s300 with lame excuse.
Libya was sanctioned as was iran several times by unsc with russian help.
Venezuela offered rusdia base but russua made fun of chavez and had only business transactional dealing with vebezueka. Today that ally is under attack and russua is a useless witness.
Nofth korea was sanctioned with russian connivance.
How many examples with in space of 4 years ?
West atleast sticks by her ally however evil that ally may be _ look how saudi arabia was prompted by west to occupy yemen and behrain with UNO connivance.

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dkkharanti
dkkharanti
3 months ago

http://tass.com/politics/959270

Shameless russia and china betray their freind and allies in order to be in good books of their anglosaxon enemies .
Succesive UNSc sanctions against libya iran syria iraq were made with connivance of russia and china to please anglosaxons when the anglosaxons are waging real hot war world war 3 against these countries.
In such times russia and china beyray their allies !!

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