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New sanctions on North Korea: Only choice available

New sanctions on North Korea: Only choice available

North Korea’s latest overwrought and cartoonish rhetoric issued today, a promise of “thousands-fold” retaliation against the United States for punishing trade sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council over the weekend, is oddly comforting. The U.S.-sponsored resolution, which passed with unanimous support from all 15 council members, is going to hit Kim Jong-un where it counts, denying the country an estimated $1 billion in exports or about one-third of its total trade with the outside world. Leadership in Pyongyang will be left to ponder: What hurts most, the economic deprivation or the manner in which the world is united against North Korea’s nuclear...

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