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The Myth of China’s Coal Imports from North Korea

The Myth of China’s Coal Imports from North Korea

On February 18, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced the suspension of coal imports for the remainder of this year. In a daily press briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said: “According to our statistics, China has already approached the upper limits of coal imports from North Korea. So because of this, we have [...]

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 [...]

UN Security Council’s New Sanctions on the DPRK

UN Security Council’s New Sanctions on the DPRK

Over a month ago, US Secretary of State John Kerry significantly raised expectations about the possibility of a new UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) against North Korea in response to its nuclear weapons test on January 6. In connection with his trip to China at the end of January, US officials suggested that UNSC sanctions could target [...]

Engage, Don’t Just ‘Name and Shame’

Engage, Don’t Just ‘Name and Shame’

This week in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has an opportunity to do something important when it considers how to respond to the 372-page report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea (COI). As Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty has written, “A strong resolution needs to be adopted sending a [...]

A Tale of Two Peninsulas: How Will the Crimean Crisis Affect Korea?

A Tale of Two Peninsulas: How Will the Crimean Crisis Affect Korea?

The reunification of Crimea with Russia might have unexpectedly turned a page in modern history, ushering the world into a new era of geopolitical competition. There is little doubt that the West is seeking to contain Russia as a re-emerging global player, using this controversial action as a de facto casus belli (hopefully, just a cold variety of [...]

Assessing the DPRK Panel of Experts

Assessing the DPRK Panel of Experts

Last month, the United Nations released a report on the implementation of sanctions against North Korea prepared by what Reuter’s described as the “so-called Panel of Experts.” Well, I suppose that is better than calling them the Panel of so-called Experts. But not much. The release of the report created a minor controversy. The Panel [...]

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