How Sanctions Affect North Korean Behavior

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In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, a South Korean army soldier watches a TV news program showing images published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon/AP)

The U.S. and South Korea are considering further punitive action against North Korea after the country’s first successful missile launch from a submarine. But new research suggests that existing sanctions haven’t really done anything to slow North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh about the study.


Jim Walsh, Here & Now security analyst, research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program. He tweets @DrJimWalshMIT.

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