North Korea


UN Sanctions Pushing N. Korea To 'Smile Diplomacy'

Victor D. Cha interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Korea expert Victor D. Cha says effective implementation of the UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang in June prompted recent conciliatory gestures from the regime. He says the United States might resume bilateral talks with North Korea in addition to pursuing multilateral discussions on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

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Raising Human Rights Concerns with N. Korea

Roberta Cohen interviewed by Jayshree Bajoria

Human rights in North Korea have been on the diplomatic back burner with Washington preoccupied over the nuclear question. Human rights specialist Roberta Cohen proposes a multilateral security mechanism for Northeast Asia that focuses on a broad range of issues, from energy to human rights.


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Peterson Institute: Sanctioning North Korea: The Political Economy of Denuclearization and Proliferation

Authors: Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland

Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland write that sanctions alone are not enough to force North Korea to relinquish its nuclear weapons, but that the United States and other countries can make an impact if they pursue North Korea's international financial intermediaries, such as China.



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Sanctioning North Korea

CFR Fellow Kara C. McDonald says the new UN Security Council Resolution against North Korea is one of the strongest set of sanctions adopted thus far by the body, though success in bringing North Korea back to the negotiation table is dependent on enforcement.

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