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Commentary: Diplomatic strategy absent in U.S.

By Katsuhisa Furukawa, former member of UN panel of experts on North Korea sanctions


The U.S.’s decision to impose new additional sanctions [on North Korea] was a message to China, denoting that it will increase pressure on North Korea. But the U.S. could have steadily imposed the sanctions much earlier. The redesignation of North Korea as a “state sponsor of terrorism” and the additional sanctions by the U.S. government of President Donald Trump could make China and North Korea lose face on the diplomatic front and draw fire from them. It can also be said that [the relisting of and the additional sanctions on North Korea] indicates the absence of diplomatic strategy in the U.S.


The U.S. will expand the scope of the sanctions in the future. There are many Chinese and Russian companies engaging in trade with North Korea. The impact [of the new sanctions] is significant on companies making payment in dollars and focusing on trade. But some companies do not need dollars for trading. So it doesn’t mean trade with North Korea will be entirely eliminated [by the new sanctions.]

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