House Passes New Sanctions on North Korea

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
House Passes New Sanctions on North Korea

by Stephen Lendman

US-style diplomacy features sticks, not carrots, especially in dealings with sovereign independent governments it wants toppled – color revolutions and naked aggression its favorite strategies.

On Thursday, House members passed the so-called Korea Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act (HR 1644), strengthening existing sanctions by:

"Expand(ing) (them) to deter North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Target(ing) those overseas who employ (alleged) North Korean slave labor…

Crack(ing) down on North Korean shipping and use of international ports; and

Requir(ing) the administration to determine whether North Korea is a state sponsor of terrorism."

The measure aims to antagonize Pyongyang more than already and cripple its economy, heightening tensions, not easing them if the bill becomes law – virtually certain, maybe in revised form.

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