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Trump and Moon in Harmony for Now

Trump and Moon in Harmony for Now

Pundits who are predicting discord over North Korea policy with the newly elected Moon Jae-in government may be in for a surprise. Seoul and Washington seem to be singing from the same hymnal at the moment. While there are ample grounds for skepticism, the United States, South Korea and Japan may all be acting in concert to inch toward dialogue [...]

Assessing China’s Leadership in the North Korean Crisis

Assessing China’s Leadership in the North Korean Crisis

The ongoing nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula is testing Beijing’s ability to assume Northeast Asian leadership in the interest of its own security and regional stability. China’s actions over the past several weeks have sought to demonstrate that it is uniquely able to manage crises on the Peninsula, and that it is therefore in [...]

A Familiar Story: The New UN Report on North Korean Sanctions Implementation

A Familiar Story: The New UN Report on North Korean Sanctions Implementation

Two weeks ago, the United Nations Panel of Experts tasked with monitoring DPRK sanctions implementation, issued its latest annual report. These reports remain essential reading for anyone working on North Korea, nonproliferation or sanctions evasion. Advance coverage in the press focused on the scale, sophistication, and widespread success of [...]

Paper Tigers: DPRK POE Report Shows Deep Problems with Enforcement

Paper Tigers: DPRK POE Report Shows Deep Problems with Enforcement

The February 27, 2017 report by the Panel of Experts (POE) responsible for monitoring the implementation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions against the DPRK paints a complex picture of how this sanctions regime is working. On the one hand, the report is actually reassuring. It is only made possible by a truly global effort to monitor and [...]

Designating North Korea a State Sponsor of Terrorism: All Ahead Slow

Designating North Korea a State Sponsor of Terrorism: All Ahead Slow

Reopening the discussion about whether to re-designate the DPRK as a state sponsor of terrorism is inevitable in the current environment. The public and highly theatrical assassination of Kim Jong Nam using VX nerve gas followed by a nasty diplomatic contretemps between the Malaysian and North Korean governments would suffice to make any observer [...]

Recycling the Playbook: UNSCR 2321 and Its Coal Caps

Recycling the Playbook: UNSCR 2321 and Its Coal Caps

On November 30, UN Security Council members gathered for a familiar exercise: to pass a new resolution drafted by the United States and China to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear testing. It was the second such meeting in 10 months. UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2321 introduces clarifications and qualitatively new [...]

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