Stop Nuclear Testing and Help the Impoverished Peoples of North Korea

Target: United Nations Security Council

Goal: North Korea must abide by UN resolutions and abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile testing.

Pyongyang has indicated that it is imminently approaching a third nuclear weapons test in direct violation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.  As such, we must demand the UNSC does more to enforce appropriate sanctions against North Korea that would target its ability to enrich weapons grade uranium. Current sanctions against North Korea have been ineffective because Pyongyang has found ways around them. Rather than curb North Korea’s ability to enrich weapons grade uranium, they have only served to further impoverish the people of North Korea, while leaving Pyongyang free to pursue its nuclear ambitions.

While North Korea has managed to test two nuclear devices in 2006 and 2009, most experts agree that this upcoming test is likely to be different. While the first two bombs used plutonium, it is most likely that this test will be of a uranium bomb. The fallout, so to speak, of uranium is that it allows a government to easily conceal their nuclear program. Consequently, dealing in highly enriched uranium is preferred by ‘rouge states’ and terrorists groups. The threat of proliferation to these states and organizations is serious and must be prevented in order to maintain regional and international stability and security.

The UNSC has taken steps to try and eliminate this threat by imposing sanctions against North Korea in the form of financial asset freezes and travel bans on key players in the nuclear program. However, Pyongyang has been able to circumvent these sanctions by mushrooming trade with China. While Beijing has supported the most recent round of sanctions it remains to be seen if they will continue allowing Pyongyang to contravene sanctions.

And while Pyongyang claims that nuclear testing ‘is the will of the people,’ nothing could be further from the truth. The country is an environmental disaster that struggles to support itself agriculturally and relies on aid to feed the people. The peoples of North Korea now know what life is like outside the country and they are fed up with their impoverished lives. While cutting off aid is meant to dissuade Pyongyang from continuing its nuclear program, it has been an ineffective measure. Rather it has only served to provoke Pyongyang into accelerating its nuclear program while making the daily lives of North Koreans that much more difficult.

Given the consequences of failure—both at the regional humanitarian level and to international security—the UNSC must take a pragmatic but firm approach and demand Pyongyang abandon its nuclear ambitions while simultaneously thwarting efforts to circumvent sanctions. Sign the petition below to help put an end to nuclear testing and help the impoverished peoples of North Korea.


To the members of the United Nations Security Council,

North Korea has responded to your recent tightening of sanctions by brazenly declaring they will undergo a third nuclear test. This time it is likely to be a uranium bomb. The potential fallout of a uranium device is no less than the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction to ‘rouge states’ and terrorist organizations.

While increased sanctions are an important symbolic gesture, we demand that you stand up to the current regime in Pyongyang and enforce the sanctions you place on North Korea. This means putting an end to Beijing’s coddling of Pyongyang. North Korea must not be allowed to circumvent UNSC resolutions and sanctions—either by mushrooming trade with China or otherwise.

The consequence of ignoring repeated sanction violations is a destabilized East Asian region, potentially arming our enemies, and culpability in the continued impoverishment of the peoples of North Korea. This is not acceptable.


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