The U.S. Just Had a Very Good Week at the UN

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After the UN General Assembly voted this week to condemn U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the conventional wisdom is that the Trump administration has only isolated itself at the United Nations.

And it’s easy to see the logic. America’s adversaries gloated. Palestinians cheered. Even staunch allies like France and the U.K. joined the majority of finger waggers. After all, the UN General Assembly did vote 128 to 9 to condemn the U.S. after Ambassador Nikki Haley promised that she would be “taking names.”

But that headline is hiding the real news. While most of the world was focused on the symbolic gang up at the UN General Assembly, the Trump administration had some quiet diplomatic success.

Let’s start with the meaningful 15-0 vote on Friday to impose new sanctions on North Korea. The U.S. persuaded China, North Korea’s primary patron, and Russia, another key trading partner to the Hermit Kingdom, to go along with the resolution — no small feat. The new sanctions cap oil exports to North Korea at current levels and demand countries expel North Korean foreign workers. The sanctions could be tougher, but diplomacy is a give and take…

Read more : Bloomberg, 22.12.2017