As the International Community Unifies their Policy Towards North Korea, the White House Stands Alone

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
Alex Psilakis

On March 12, 2019, the United Nations Security Council released a report outlining how North Korea has steadily and continually evaded sanctions imposed against it. Initiated by resolution 2407 (2018), the report strives to uphold resolution 1874 (2009), which requested that the UN Secretary-General create a “Panel of Experts” to assess how successful the international community had proven in sanctioning North Korea. It also sought to assess what recommendations, if any, the Panel had for future actions regarding the sanctioning of North Korea.[1] Referred to as the “Report of the Panel of Experts established pursuant to resolution 1874 (2009),” the report – penned by seven experts – covers the time period of February 2, 2018 to February 1, 2019. It notes the diverse array of steps that North Korea has taken to evade sanctions, while recommending how the international community may plug these loopholes and improve the overall effectiveness of sanctions imposed on North Korea. While a similarly-timed statement by the U.S. Department of the Treasury appeared to signal the U.S.’s eagerness to bolster the sanctions regime against North Korea, unpredictable comments by the Trump administration have thrown that belief into question.