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Rethinking North Korean Sanctions: Lessons and Strategies for Long-Term Planning


January 16, 2018
By Kate Hewitt

After North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test on November 29, 2017, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 2397, imposing the strongest sanctions on North Korea to date. While sanctions have ramped up significantly in the past year, many experts agree that they will not have the desired effect of compelling North Korea to abandon its nuclear program and that achieving complete North Korean denuclearization is unrealistic. Instead, the United States and international community should pursue a long-term strategy of pressure, deterrence and containment.
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