A nation must think before it acts.
Over the past six weeks, the United Nations Security Council has passed two fresh rounds of sanctions in an attempt to curb North Korea’s nuclear programme.
The first, in August, threatened to cut the country’s export revenue by a third. A second one in September banned its exports of textiles and capped imports of crude oil into the isolated nation.
In response Kim Jong Un threatened “thousands-fold” revenge and “the greatest pain and suffering” on the United States, which drafted the sanctions.
And North Korea has shown no signs of dampening its nuclear ambitions. Three days after the second round of UN sanctions, the country fired another missile toward Japan.
In fact, experts say sanctions might never succeed in isolating the North Korean economy from the rest of the world and ridding the country of nuclear weapons. Here’s why.
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