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Why Russia Won't Help More on North Korea

Weakening sanctions against the Kim regime is one way Putin shows he won’t cave to international pressure.
Source: Yuri Maltsev / Reuters

The communiques out of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations were exultant on Monday. They lauded the unanimous passage in the Security Council of the “strongest sanctions ever imposed” on North Korea for its nuclear weapons program. Among other prohibitions, North Korea has now been prevented from exporting textiles—one of its few industries. It will also have a harder time importing oil and fuel, won’t be able to send its workers abroad to earn cash as easily, and will be forced to shutter any joint ventures. But as The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick reported, the sanctions were heavily watered down thanks to objections from China and Russia.

Rightfully, there has been much condemnation of the China-based companies that do business with North Korea and Chinese-North

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