DPRK is either not a state party to various agreements that it might otherwise have violated or the agreements to which it is a state party do not apply in this case because it is not in an armed conflict with Malaysia.
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While restricting coal imports from North Korea satisfies some of China’s existing obligations to the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the ban also serves domestic policy interests in limiting foreign coal imports and reducing domestic consumption of coal-fired energy.
A recent New York Times story on U.S. cyber-operations against the North Korean ballistic missile program prompts questions over whether the United States has crossed the threshold into "acts of war" in cyberspace.
Response to the most recent provocations from Pyongyang will center as much on the U.S.-China relationship as they do on North and South Korea.
An overview of North Korea's recent launch of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, pertinent UNSCRs, and the country's current nuclear and missile capabilities.
On April 24, the AP quoted North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong as having said in an interview:
Stop the nuclear war exercises in the Korean Peninsula, then we should also cease our nuclear tests."
Ri further stated that
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously passed Resolution 2270 to expands the scope of existing sanctions against the DPRK. UN Ambassador Samantha Power has said it “goes further than any sanctions regime in two decades.” But it remains to be seen whether member state compliance will match the text’s scope.
A look at three key issues in North Korea's latest missile test: the relationship of the satellite test to the missile and nuclear programs; the question of North Korean motives, which appear increasingly inward-looking and solipsistic; and the perennial “what is to be done” question, centering almost entirely on what to expect of China.
Seoul awoke yesterday to news of the agreement reached early in the morning between North and South Korea to calm down the current tensions.