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The Coming Clash with China over North Korea

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 9:42 am (UTC-4)
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Top Clinton foreign policy advisers have been open about their intention to apply to North Korea a version of the playbook the Obama administration used with Iran….drastically increase sanctions on Pyongyang…considering secondary sanctions on foreign firms…punishing Chinese companies keeping Kim’s nuclear and missile industries afloat.

North Korea, Nukes and Sanity

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 4:24 pm (UTC-4)
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Everything they have done to date has been designed to demonstrate that they might shortly develop a deliverable nuclear weapon, but that they have not yet done so….This means that they are aware of the line and are extremely controlled in not crossing it.

China Must Confront Its North Korea Problem

Posted April 12th, 2016 at 12:08 pm (UTC-4)
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China does not want millions of refugees running north or violent conflict bursting out to the south. Beijing would lose if reunification turned its buffer into an advanced base for U.S. containment policy. The PRC wants to preserve economic preferences which have been dearly bought….The United States needs a different strategy.

Impose Sanctions on North Korea’s Enablers

Posted February 8th, 2016 at 10:13 am (UTC-4)
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Some North Korea watchers assert that Beijing doesn’t have the leverage that many U.S. officials contend it has over Pyongyang’s behavior. But that’s simply not true….What is true, however, is that at present China lacks the political will to stand with the international community against North Korea’s dangerous, destabilizing activities.