Obama Perfectly Content to let U.N. Security Council Lead on NK

And when I say lead, I mean do absolutely nothing of substance or consequence. Check out this exchange between ABC News’ Jake Tapper, and W.H. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs yesterday. Tapper twice asks  Gibbs about Obama’s goals concerning North Korea, and twice Gibbs begins his answer by noting that the U.N. Security Council is meeting. Um, ok, thanks for that Gibbsy. Very informative.

From Tapper’s “Political Punch” blog:

TAPPER:  If I could, just a quick question about North Korea.

GIBBS:  Uh-huh.

TAPPER:  What is the administration’s goal other than some sort of piece of paper from the United Nations expressing disappointment with the nuclear bomb going off?  What does the administration want to have happen concretely in terms of action?

GIBBS:  Well, look, I think that the — the Security Council is currently meeting.  I think they’re likely to discuss next steps as far as that goes.  Let me — though, let me address the initial part of your question. I think the uniform and unified international criticism that we’ve seen since the reports of this testing demonstrate the outrage that countries around the world have for these actions.  I think North Korea continues to deepen its isolation from the international community and continues, as we’ve said all along, to take steps in the wrong direction.

TAPPER:  I’m sorry.  You didn’t answer my question.

GIBBS:  Well, no.  I would say I think the Security Council is involved in some of these discussions.

TAPPER:  You don’t want to tip your hat as to what you…

GIBBS:  I don’t want to get into — yes.


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