Tougher Sanctions On North Korea Might Encourage More Responsible Domestic Food Policies

Wall Street Journal: North Korea’s Political Famines
Robert A. Manning, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and James Przystup, senior fellow at the U.S. National Defense University Institute for National Strategic Studies

“…Less than five percent of North Korea’s military budget could easily fill its food gap. Perhaps if [Kim Jong Un] spent less on biowarfare and more on drought-resistant crops, the situation would be different. Pyongyang’s behavior has created serious donor fatigue. … While private-sector humanitarian aid (if adequately monitored) and cultural exchanges should be encouraged, it’s time to get serious about sanctions that could sharpen Pyongyang’s policy choices. … Bipartisan legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate would toughen sanctions against financial institutions that facilitate North Korean luxury-goods imports, arms sales, cyberterrorism, and other nefarious acts…” (7/23).