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The challenge of implementing the new sanctions against North Korea

Following North Korea’s third nuclear test explosion on 12 February, and after three weeks of negotiations, the United Nations Security Council has agreed on a new round of sanctions against North Korea. In response North Korea has threatened to carry out pre-emptive nuclear strikes and cancel the armistice agreement that halted the Korean War.

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2094 (2013), strongly condemning the 12 February nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and imposing new sanctions on that country. Image: UN Photo/ Evan Schneider


The latest SIPRI expert comment by SIPRI Researcher Lawrence Dermody discusses wether the recent United Nations Security Council Resolution on sanctions on North Korea is tougher than previous ones, pointing out the importance of China's role in implementing these sanctions. The paper recommends that:

"Along with the strengthening of financial sanctions in this latest resolution, these new, targeted measures could be taken up by member states and effectively used to slow supplies of strategic goods destined for North Korea’s nuclear programme."

In the SIPRI essay by SIPRI researchers Hugh Griffiths and Lawrence Dermody, the authors explain how the North Korea sanctions could be made more effective. They analyze the current situation and examine past examples of UN sanctions and related regional and unilateral measures. 


An earlier SIPRI expert comment by SIPRI Senior Researcher Shannon Kile addresses questions on technical details of North Korea's nuclear tests in February this year.