The ink was hardly dry on the UN Security Council's resolution sanction[n]ing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea [DPRK aka North Korea], when the DPRK answered swiftly. One, it is restarting its nuclear programme; two, it has left the bargaining table at the six-party talks in Beijing. End of discussion. Even though the resolution is watered down from the angry demands of the US, it remains a vain victory for the Council's 5 permanent members and South Korea and Japan, Pyongyang said, 'nerts', and went on its own way, a way that it was not shy from declaiming as the US manoeuvered to mark with brand of Cain on the DPRK, how it would respond, were sanctions on the menu. Forewarned is forearmed, the saying goes, but since the DPRK is treated as though it were a step child, the Council did what it wanted.
Everyone feigned anger because Pyongyang had launched a satellite on a long range rocket. Now, don't say that the US or Russia or China launched satellites into outer spacee on 'short range rockets'! Please.......... So why tar and feather Pyongyang? Well the US in the lead like a shady lawyer twisted the meaning of a UN resolution about missiles...with war heads. Pardon me for saying......this is parsing fine hairs on a bald man's head.
So where does this leave the big 5 and South Korea and Japan? Fretting and scurrying like church mice, trying to figure out what to do?
Well the answer is as plain as the nose on one's face: engage diplomatically the DPRK. And in the end, that what they're going to have to do. And they're all going to have to go Pyongyang's Canossa, stand in the glacial cold of its disapproval, to get things back on track to defuse tensions and outstanding issues. And this time the US & co. are going to pay a very stiff price. They raise a heavy rock, let it fall, and in the end it fell on their own big toe!