North Korea’s ‘Military First’ Policy Threatens to Blunt Impact of Sanctions – Wall Street Journal

SEOUL—New U.S.-led efforts to cut funding for North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program through targeted sanctions risk faltering because of Pyongyang’s willingness to divert all available resources to its military, even at the risk of economic collapse, experts said on Thursday.

The strongest package of United Nations sanctions against North Korea in two decades adds to recent economic penalties imposed by the U.S., South Korea and Japan after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear-bomb test and rocket launch. But some long-term North…


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