18.02.16 North Korea New Sanctions

February 26, 2018
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Catch-Up: North Korea

  • Friday: USA announces new sanctions against North Korea as President Trump speaks at annual gathering of conservatives.
  • Sunday: South Korea says North Korea is open to talks; North Korea reportedly says U.S threatening war (state media).

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North Korea & Sanctions

  • North Korea has nuclear weapons, & reportedly the technology to deliver them to America’s mainland.
  • Sanctions used in the past by both Republicans & Democrats to deter North Korea. It hasn’t worked.
  • Trump administration calls latest round ‘largest sanctions ever’ – some debate this description.

Timing Matters


  • Sanctions announced as the first daughter landed in South Korea for closing ceremony of Olympics.
  • As athletes exit the Korean peninsula, this ramps up demands on North Korea.
  • USA demands total denuclearization of North Korea.

Sanctions Target?
Shipping & Trade Cos

“This action targets the deceptive shipping practices that have enabled the Kim regime to fund its dangerous weapons programs.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Feb 23, 2018

Will sanctions work this time? If past is precedent, North Korea will continue to grow its weapons program despite international pressure.

by Jenna Lee,