sanctions

Feb 19 Korean News Update Podcast

Busan’s mayor stepping down as chairman of the Busan International Film Festival, new US sanctions to curb North Korea’s nuclear & missile programs, & Chinese tourists disregarding Seoul’s no smoking zones.


Is the Opposition in Myanmar Getting Old?

Two things I know about sanctions: states find ways to avoid them; and, unintended consequences abound, usually inflicted upon the innocent people in whose name sanctions are devised. So, now Aung San Suu Kyi has called for continued sanctions against Myanmar’s new government.


Punishment Without Pain, Backfilling With Impunity

What looks like Japan’s principled stance against the Iranian nuclear program turns out tobe rather lame.

Japan’s new sanctions include a freeze on the assets of scores of groups and individuals linked to the country’s nuclear programme.

They ban the provision of insurance or reinsurance services to Iran and bar Japanese financial institutions from buying bonds issued by Iran’s central bank.

The new ban on financial activity with 15 designated Iranian banks that could contribute to nuclear activities could affect some Japanese banks, analysts said.

Toyota Motor Corp has suspended motor vehicle exports to the country indefinitely since June.

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Obama Riffs on Bush As Pyongyang Stays on Tempo

Generally, I think sanctions have little effect except to please domestic constituencies in the sanctioning state and to give other states opportunities to fill the void. That’s why I generally agree with Tad Farrell’s yawning acknowledgment of the Obama administration’s burst of sanctions activity on Pyongyang.

As some analysts have already commented, this new round of U.S sanctions will likely be regarded as “meaningless” by the DPRK.


The DPRK in the Penalty Box

This sounds like as convenient a measure to take against Pyongyang as possible – put the DPRK in the penalty box.

…either ban broadcasts of the 2010 World Cup tournament in North Korea, or even better, ban North Korea’s side from participation in the tournament due to start next month. There is precedent for this: Yugoslavia was barred from participating in the 1994 World Cup because of ongoing United Nations sanctions. It’s also a sanction that would not benefit any internal hardliners responsible for the Cheonan.


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