China gets tough on North Korea sanctions

I consider that the strenghtening of sanctions toward North Korea may radicalize the policy of Kim Jong-un toward South Korea and may lead to a potential conflict over the Korean Peninsula. Mathieu Duchatel, a French researcher considers that “The UN Security Council finally voted today for resolution 2270, its fifth sanctions resolution against North Korea, two months after a fourth nuclear test was carried out on 6 January. This resolution considerably strengthens the existing sanctions regime to now also include a ban on North Korean exports of mineral resources and mandatory inspections of all cargo going in and out of the country. With Kaesong now also closed, North Korea’s space for legal sources of revenues is further shrinking.

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