Last week in Laos, when President Obama talked about the need to “tighten up” the existing sanctions on North Korea, a lot of other reporters asked, “Where?” Well, this piece, for Morning Edition, explains a loophole big enough to drive a coal truck through.
The Sokovia Accords were, ultimately, a response to the Avengers operating on their own orders without any supervision, right?
So, why didn’t they write Accords that dealt with the Avengers as an organization, a non-state entity operating outside the bounds of international law?
Because instead of creating a registry of powered people that is then controlled by the UN? the Security Council? some unnamed IGO? (which has a pretty severe “uh oh” factor), it would have accomplished something similar while still maintaining international diplomacy and cooperation and holding up international law as the goal and guide, rather than Ross’s weird vendetta against people with powers.
Not to mention, Tony Stark, Sam Wilson, James Rhodes, Scott Lang, Clint Barton, and Natasha Romanoff (at least as far as we know) are not “enhanced.” They wear suits or are very highly-trained, but it’s their position within the Avengers organization that places them under the jurisdiction of the Accords.
It was the actions of a private citizen that created Ultron, and it was funding by a private citizen that operated the Avengers. And when the Avengers went out and fought after the fall of SHIELD, there was no organization or government or any sort of entity overseeing their actions. So, in theory, these private citizens with unlimited resources could go anywhere in the world and wreak havoc, but there was no international law that could deal with the organization because it was not a state, and there was no one state that could deal with the Avengers because they were privately owned and operated, not representative of any government.
So, by framing the Accords as an agreement between a non-state party and the international community, the Avengers would have been put in check and given the opportunity to work within the system but not be controlled by it. Plus, it would have normalized enhanced individuals internationally as participants in the same institutions and norms that non-enhanced people value.
United Nations, Feb 13 (IANS) The UN Security Council will assemble on Monday for emergency consultations on North Koreas successful ballistic missile test after Japan, South Korea and the US called for an urgent meeting, diplomats said.
The closed door meeting will be held at 5 p.m., said a spokesperson of Ukraine’s mission, which is holding the presidency of the organisation this month, Efe news reported.
The launch of the missile carried out by the Pyongyang regime on Sunday is the first since last October and also becomes the first military provocation of North Korea since Donald Trump took charge as the US President.
The Pukguksong-2, a medium long-range ballistic missile, was test fired under the supervision of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency, KCNA.
A US official told CNN the missile travelled 500 km before landing in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, and that it was launched from North Pyongan province.
After the launch, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was in the US on a visit, urged North Korea to stop its provocations and asserted that Tokyo and Washington are together “100 per cent”.
Last year, the Security Council had imposed tough sanctions on the North Korean regime in response to its nuclear and missile tests, which it further toughened in November.