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Economic sanctions against North Korea: Will they work?

Roger Showely, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Friday, August 18, 2017

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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquaA currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon / AP)

Kelly Cunningham, National University System - YES: North Korea is not likely to strike Guam, South Korea, or anywhere else. Despite irrational and erratic behavior, they avoid direct attacks realizing the U.S. could wipe them off the map. They want to look tough, intimidate the region, and sound threatening, but not actually fight a war. Proposed sanctions show rare cooperation by China, Russia and America. Accounting for 90 percent of North Korea’s trade, China promises to “fully and strictly” apply the new restrictions.