The radioactive dust from North Korea’s fifth and most powerful nuclear weapons test had barely settled Friday when the calls to slap more sanctions on Kim Jong-un’s regime began.
Republicans in Congress howled about the need to punish Pyongyang and crack down on its Chinese allies, and President Barack Obama vowed that the fallout would include “additional significant steps, including new sanctions, to demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to its unlawful and dangerous actions.”
But if history is any indication, imposing more sanctions will do virtually nothing to stop North Korea from continuing to detonate nukes and launch missiles. After the regime’s last nuclear test in January, the UN Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea published a report that found, despite more than a decade of increasingly harsh sanctions, “no indications that the country intends to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”
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