Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.
- double standard / ˈdʌb əl ˈstæn dərd / (n.) – a situation where one group, person, etc. is treated differently and unfairly from another when both should receive the same treatment
The referee seemed to have a double standard when calling out violations. He was much stricter on one team than the other.
- consequence / ˈkɒn sɪˌkwɛns / (n.) – a result or effect of an action, situation, or decision
At my school, the consequence for cheating on an exam is an automatic F.
- mandate / ˈmæn deɪt / (n.) – an official command or permission given by someone with authority
After his major win in the election, the mayor said he had a mandate from the people to clean up the city.
- sanction / ˈsæŋk ʃən / (n.) – an action taken or order given against a country to force it to obey international laws
Any country that refuses to sign the peace agreement will suffer economic sanctions.
- sovereignty / ˈsɒv rɪn ti / (n.) – the power of a state or country to lead itself and control its own government
Some people are afraid that the new international treaty may lessen their country’s sovereignty.
Read the text below.
North Korea on March 29 accused the United Nations of a “double standard” over its reaction to the North’s recent missile launches, warning it of a serious consequence.
On March 25, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea in a defiance of U.N. resolutions that ban such launches by North Korea. The U.N. Security Council subsequently adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea.
Some experts say North Korea’s missile launches, the first of their kind in a year, were aimed at applying pressure on the new U.S. government of President Joe Biden.
“It constitutes a denial of sovereignty and an apparent double standard that the UNSC … takes issue with the normal activities which fall within the right of our state to self-defense,” senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official Jo Chol Su said in a statement carried by state media.
Observers say North Korea could test-fire longer-range missiles in coming weeks. (AP)
This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.
- North Korea accused the U.N. of a double standard and claimed that the missile launches were “normal activities which fall within the right” of its state to self-defense. Do you agree? Why or why not? Discuss.
- Observers say North Korea could test-fire longer-range missiles in coming weeks. In your opinion, how concerned should Japan and other neighboring countries be about the missile launches? Why? Discuss.
- The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea. Do you think this was the right move? Why or why not? Discuss.
- Do you think it’s likely that North Korea’s relationship with other countries will drastically change within the next 10 years or so? Why or why not? Discuss.