Chinese Foot-dragging on North Korea Thwarts U.S. Security Interests
North Korea’s repeated violations of U.N. resolutions has led to a new international consensus on the need for more extensive sanctions. The U.N., the European Union, the United States, and other countries have begun to implement long-overdue punitive measures to enforce laws, curtail proliferation, and raise the cost for Pyongyang’s defiance of the international community. China has taken encouraging steps, just as it did after each previous North Korean nuclear test. But Chinese compliance lasted only a few months each time, so there is reason for skepticism. The U.S. should not only fully enforce its own laws, but also take steps to induce Chinese enforcement of measures against its ally.