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After US Compromise, Security Council Strengthens North Korea Sanctions - New York Times

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council on Monday ratcheted up sanctions yet again against North Korea, but they fell significantly short of the far-reaching penalties that the Trump administration had demanded just days ago. While the ...and more »

John McCain: North Korea must know price for aggression is 'extinction' - CNN

Washington (CNN) Sen. John McCain on Sunday called for the United States to step up its presence around North Korea and make clear to its leader, Kim Jong Un, that aggressive acts would lead to the annihilation of his country. Washington needs to "make ...and more »

North Korea "categorically" rejects new UN sanctions - CBS News

TOKYO -- North Korea will be feeling the pain of new United Nations sanctions targeting some of its biggest remaining foreign revenue streams. But the Security Council eased off the biggest target of all: the oil the North needs to stay alive, and to ...and more »

North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce US to 'ashes and darkness' - Reuters

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest ...and more »

UN agrees to toughest-ever sanctions against North Korea - Washington Post

The U.N. Security Council on Monday agreed on its toughest-ever sanctions against North Korea that passed unanimously after the United States softened its initial demands to win support from China and Russia. The sanctions set limits on North Korea's ...and more »

North Korea is bullish on bitcoin, and state hackers are getting in on the action - Quartz

The latest public figure to catch the cryptocurrency bug? None other than Kim Jong-un. While North Korean hackers have been conducting cyberattacks overseas for years, especially against South Korea (paywall), a new report from security firm FireEye ...and more »

As North Korea girds for latest sanctions, economy already feels the squeeze - Reuters

DANDONG, China (Reuters) - The United Nations may have failed to slow North Korea's weapons programmes, but the country's economy is already showing signs it is feeling the squeeze from the ongoing clampdown on trade, including a curb on fuel sales by ...and more »

The ABCs of Deterring North Korea - War on the Rocks

Editor's Note: This is the second installment of “The Brush Pass,” a new column by Joshua Rovner (@joshrovner1) on intelligence, strategy, and statecraft. Kim Jong Un has rekindled a decades-old debate among international relations scholars: Are some ...and more »

South Korea Plans 'Decapitation Unit' to Try to Scare North's Leaders - New York Times

SEOUL, South Korea — The last time South Korea is known to have plotted to assassinate the North Korean leadership, nothing went as planned. In the late 1960s, after North Korean commandoes tried to ransack the presidential palace in Seoul, South ...and more »

More than ever, South Koreans want their own nuclear weapons - Washington Post

SEOUL — It seemed like a fringe idea not too long ago, but the proposal for South Korea to have its own nuclear arms is gaining steam here. There are many reasons South Korea probably will not pursue this path. A big one: President Moon Jae-in took ...and more »