It is an interesting situation. Suppose that UNSC council would agree with (proposed by USA) tough sanctions against Iran. Then as a result East european countries could be allowed by Washington to sell weapons to Tehran and France could be allowed to built a nuclear reactor.Three months after the United States successfully pressed the United Nations to impose strict sanctions on North Korea because of the countryâs nuclear test, Bush administration officials allowed Ethiopia to complete a secret arms purchase from the North, in what appears to be a violation of the restrictions, according to senior American officials.
The United States allowed the arms delivery to go through in January in part because Ethiopia was in the midst of a military offensive against Islamic militias inside Somalia, a campaign that aided the American policy of combating religious extremists in the Horn of Africa.
American officials said that they were still encouraging Ethiopia to wean itself from its longstanding reliance on North Korea for cheap Soviet-era military equipment to supply its armed forces and that Ethiopian officials appeared receptive. But the arms deal is an example of the compromises that result from the clash of two foreign policy absolutes: the Bush administrationâs commitment to fighting Islamic radicalism and its effort to starve the North Korean government of money it could use to build up its nuclear weapons program.