Daily VideoMarch 8, 2013
UN Agrees to Sanctions Against North Korea
Last month, North Korean scientists carried out the country’s third nuclear test, prompting the United Nations (UN) to vote on economic sanctions against North Korea. It took less than 3 minutes for the UN Security Council to vote unanimously March 7 to “raise the cost to North Korea’s leaders of violating the international community.”
The unanimous vote sent a strong message of international concern with North Korea’s defiance. Even China, North Korea’s closest ally and largest trading partner, helped in drafting the sanctions, which blacklist certain items that could be used for their weapons program and block transactions with North Korean companies linked to nuclear proliferation financing.
Hours before the vote, North Korea threatened a nuclear strike against the US, saying, “Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest.”
The question now is whether the countries that agreed to the sanctions will follow through on their promise to enforce them. If any countries, especially China, who has a history of defying sanctions, fail to honor the agreement, the sanctions could be rendered useless.
“Taken together, these sanctions will bite, and bite hard. They increase North Korea’s isolation and raise the cost to North Korea’s leaders of defying the international community,” – United States Ambassador Susan Rice, United Nations.
Warm up questions
1. Where is North Korea? Who are its immediate neighbors?
2. What do you know about North Korea? Why kind of government does it have?
3. What are “sanctions”? Why are they used and who determines them?
1. North Korea is already a heavily sanctioned country; do you think more sanctions will change their behavior? Why or why not?
2. What do you think the U.S. should do if China fails to uphold the sanctions?
3. Do you think American military power should ever be used against North Korea? If so, what kind of behavior from North Korea would deserve this response?
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
Use this PBS NewsHour video and discussion questions to teach your students about the events in Charlottesville. Extension activities include the history of Confederate monuments and the debate as to whether or not the statues should remain standing. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Today’s Daily News Story provides video, key terms and discussion questions to help teachers talk with their students about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Montpelier, the home of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, recently opened a new permanent exhibit at the Virginia estate to inform visitors about Madison’s slaves and the lives they led. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
As high-density, industrial-scale livestock feeding operations become the norm, farmers have had to take extra steps to keep animals healthy. Illnesses and diseases grow and spread quickly when large numbers of similar animals are kept in close proximity. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Rose-ringed parakeets have multiplied by the thousands on the Hawaiian island of Kauai since the 1960s, when a few parakeets kept as pets escaped. The birds have since caused problems by damaging native plants and farm crops. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld