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North Korean nuclear threat puts UN Security Council on Edge

The UN Security Council released a statement back in September calling for its members to more strictly enforce the sanctions currently in place against North Korea. This statement came after North Korea launched more nuclear test missiles, which they had already done on numerous occasions in the past. In addition, the Security Council had even imposed stricter sanctions back in March also due to nuclear missile testing, which is reportedly becoming an increasingly serious threat. The sanctions in place on North Korea currently include various trade and economic restrictions as well as asset freezes and travel bans for certain individuals and entities.

The UNĀ is able to impose these sanctions on North Korea because it has much larger network power within the international community. Looking at this from a simplified case with North Korea being one node in the network and the UN being another (instead of the individual country-nodes that make up the organization), the UN is able to negotiate with many other nodes in the network while North Korea is not, be it due to the organization’s member countries or North Korea’s closed borders. This example also works to demonstrate a balanced social network with all nodes having positive connections to each other and negative connections to North Korea. In this network, the two groups are A: North Korea, and B: the UN representing everyone else. All members in B get along and dislike all members in A.

http://www.natlawreview.com/article/un-security-council-calls-stricter-enforcement-sanctions-against-north-korea

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