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September 11, 2017

UN Security Council Unanimously Passes New Sanctions Against North Korea; But New Sanctions Are Weaker Than Demanded, to Appease China and Russia

I'm not sure it matters much how tough the sanctions are, until they're sanctions against North Korea's patron China.

The United Nations Security Council on Monday ratcheted up sanctions yet again against North Korea, but they fell significantly short of the far-reaching penalties that the Trump administration had demanded just days ago.

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The American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, reacted to the bomb test last week by calling for the fullest range of international sanctions, including a cutoff of all oil supplies, in a new Security Council resolution.

Those demands were toned down in negotiations that followed with her Russian and Chinese counterparts. Late Sunday night, after a series of closed-door meetings, a revised draft emerged, setting a cap on oil exports to North Korea, but not blocking them altogether.

It's something, but not much. Seems like China and Russia are just stalling us from confronting the problem by agreeing to weak concessions.


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