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Saturday, December 23, 2017

The United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday that significantly choke off new fuel supplies and order North Koreans working overseas to return home within two years, in what may prove the last test of whether any amount of economic pressure can force it to reverse course on its nuclear program. The sanctions, adopted by a vote of 15 to 0, were the third imposed this year in an escalating effort to force the North into negotiations. China and Russia joined in the resolution, though American officials have charged that in recent months the Russians have secretly been opening new links to the North, including new internet connections that give the country an alternative to communicating primarily through China.


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Under the new sanctions, oil exports will be limited to their current level, which has already begun to result in shortages around the country. Countries around the world will be ordered to expel North Korean workers, a key source of hard currency. Nations would also be urged to inspect all North Korean shipping and halt ship-to-ship transfers of fuel, which the North has used to evade sanctions.

The vote came just four days after the United States charged that the North was responsible for the "Wannacry" cyber attack that crippled computers around the world in May, and weeks after the country launched a new intercontinental missile that appears capable of reaching any city in the United States. But the White House Homeland Security adviser, Thomas P. Bossert, acknowledged on Tuesday that the United States was running out of sanctions options.


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Other than a blockade, this is about as far as the Security Council can go on sanctions, if this doesn't work then nothing will.

What is interesting is the number of NK soldiers trying to defect has jumped significantly, if Kim is losing support from the military things could get dicey very quickly.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-22 04:20 PM | Reply

It's telling that this news is overshadowed by yet another Daily Beast hit opinion piece here on the DR.

This could be the end game to diplomacy in North Korea and the Usual Suspects are more interested in discussing the Presidential Coin.


#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-23 12:38 AM | Reply

I guess we had better stop paying our U.N. dues since they're useless except for hating ‘Murica!.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-23 12:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

They're = the U.N.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-23 12:49 AM | Reply

"... if this doesn't work then nothing will..."

This will not "work". At least not the way you think it will. You (and the Dotard) obviously have no understanding of the North Korean culture and history.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-23 01:45 PM | Reply


Then edumacate us with your Korean wisdom, Dong Ur Boy. The only other alternatives, if we want to get the nukes out of NK's hands are to bribe them (and that worked soooo well in Bubba's Agreed Framework) or take military action.

I guarantee you I have spent much more time in Seoul than you have but I am truly interested in your wealth of knowledge on the Hermit Kingdom.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-23 02:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-23 08:48 PM | Reply

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