Sanctions against North Korea have failed. End them now | Simon Jenkins

North Korea 0 Comment 3


As the latest nuclear test shows, economic embargos are counterproductive. Bullying will not bring change, but trade and cultural exchange just might

The latest nuclear test by North Korea proves that economic sanctions against the regime have failed utterly. So how is the west proposing to react? It is debating how to extend sanctions.

Embargos of increasing ferocity have been imposed on North Korea since 1992. While they were undermined by Beijing, they ostracised Pyongyang from the outside world, effectively freezing any rapprochement with the south. Sanctions are intended to hurt an economy as a lever to induce political change. In North Korea’s case they have driven an embattled regime to prove its worth by doing the opposite, militarising its society and hastening precisely the goal the policy was supposed to halt – the acquisition of high-profile weaponry.

Related: North Korea accused of ‘maniacal recklessness’ after new nuclear test

Continue reading…
Source: north-korea
Link : Sanctions against North Korea have failed. End them now | Simon Jenkins

Author

Leave a comment

Search

Back to Top