December 23, 2012

North Korea's Blackmail Missile

Yuriko Koike, Project Syndicate

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North Korea's missile launch, coming amid the internal uncertainty arising from Kim Kyong-hui's failing health, creates an extremely dangerous situation for the international community. Only by strengthening UN sanctions to such an extent that North Korea is forced to abandon its missiles and nuclear weapons – and China to reconsider its knee-jerk support – can the regime be dissuaded from further, and more ominous, maneuvering.

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