This past weekend, on Aug. 5, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea. UNSCR 2371 condemned North Korea’s repeated missile tests — including several tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles that suggested North Korea might be able to target the mainland United States. The United States had pushed hard for action to stall North Korea’s missile program, leaning particularly on China.
But are sanctions a good idea?
You might think so from the applause across the political spectrum. Of course, North Korea already faced targeted financial sanctions; the new sanctions are more general, prohibiting North Korea from selling goods such as coal, iron, iron ore, seafood, lead, and lead ore.… Seguir leyendo »