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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Few U.S. Options as North Korea Readies Missile Launching

“Beyond [rallying worldwide condemnation], however, the administration’s options are limited. The United States will not seek further sanctions in the United Nations Security Council, this official said, because North Korea is already heavily sanctioned and Washington needs to preserve its political capital with China and Russia to win their backing for future measures against Syria and Iran. The more likely scenario at the United Nations is a weaker statement from the Council president.

With North Korea telling reporters that it had begun fueling the rocket, the launching appeared imminent, confronting the Obama administration with a new diplomatic crisis after an agreement that American officials had hoped would open a new chapter with a traditionally hostile and unpredictable nation.”  (New York Times)

Why is the U.S. still entangled here?

FEE Timely Classic 

Decoding the North Korean Enigma” by Doug Bandow