Sometimes you need to change course. Zag when you have previously ziged. And so it goes that Kom Jong Un and North Korea have splintered the UN. It is clear that economic sanctions are not effective against North Korea. The current sanctions, imposed in 2006 have been an abysmal failure, as North Korea displays its nuclear ambitions.
As the US and Trump shout ever louder, North Korea launches yet another test, making the US and the UN look like fools. After using one strategy one needs to reassess its effectiveness. It has been very clear that a pivot is required. The 11 year strategy of economic sanctions have not worked. The UN is no further ahead in convincing North Korea to stop their nuclear program.
Face the facts, UN, economic sanctions and the current strategy to curtail nuclear weapons in North Korea simply have not worked. Stop the talk and change your strategy.
The implications are immense. South Korea and Japan are very close and in danger, but so are many other countries. Two North Korean rockets have already passed over the northern island of Hokkaido. As the UN dithers, the danger of North Korea grows. This shows the ineffectiveness of UN sanctions, the incessant talking and head nodding that all amounts to naught.
China does not want a unified Korea at its doorstep, preferring a Communist North Korea. in one way they are loath to help stop North Korea, but in another way they do not want a nuclearized neighbour that is destabilizing the region. That the US is pressuring China to act on North Korea is ineffective. Still, China needs to take ownership of its lack of help. An exploded h-bomb on your doorstep, and you do nothing? Absolutely nothing? It is also not helpful that the US is using North Korea as a bargaining chip against China. US, do not ask China to do your dirty work. Do it yourself.
Pivot, damnit, for the sake of the world. Have the balls to make a decision.