【North Korea】 Another high-level attempt is needed by the United States to end the cycles of sanctions on North Korea and nuclear threats.

The New York Times Editorial
Another Round of Sanctions on North Korea
Published: March 5, 2013 [Japanese] [Korean]

China’s decision to join the United States in proposing tougher sanctions on North Korea is a welcome step.

But there is no reason to believe that the sanctions resolution will persuade Pyongyang — which conducted its third nuclear test on Feb. 12 — to curb its nuclear weapons program. The international community has failed to devise a coherent policy that might reverse or even slow the North’s accelerating efforts to become a full-fledged nuclear state. President Obama’s efforts have been no more successful than those of President George W. Bush.

Creative thinking is needed to end these cycles of sanctions and threats. South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-hye, has signaled interest in trying to improve relations with the North, and on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the administration remained open to dialogue. There should be another high-level attempt by the United States to make clear to North Korea the dangers of its current course and the benefits if it curbs its nuclear program.

Dealing with North Korea has never been easy, but neglect certainly will not help contain its nuclear and missile capabilities.

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