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Analysis & Commentary - Anthony Ruggiero

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9th February 2018 – The Hill

How Olympic ‘diplomacy’ normalizes North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

Instead of generating goodwill, North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics has demonstrated how rapidly diplomatic engagement can degenerate into a propaganda exercise that benefits only Kim Jong Un. more...

24th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Sanctions North Korea and China while Russia Escapes

Anthony Ruggiero

Today, the Treasury Department issued sanctions against 15 North Korean overseas representatives, two Chinese firms facilitating sanctions evasion, and five North Korean shipping companies. These actions come during a visit to Beijing and Hong Kong by Treasury’s chief sanctions enforcer, Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker, a signal the Trump administration is pushing ahead with its “maximum pressure” policy even during the inter-Korea talks. more...

1st December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Calls for Oil Ban and Complete Diplomatic Isolation of North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday following North Korea’s third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the thirteenth meeting of the Security Council this year. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called for the body to isolate Pyongyang and increase pressure on it, by banning the sale of oil to North Korea and severing all diplomatic ties. more...

29th November 2017 – Fox News

It’s time to ramp up the pressure on North Korea and China after latest missile test

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea’s third successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday should prompt President Trump to quicken the pace of his policy of putting “maximum pressure” on the North to give up its nuclear weapons. more...

21st November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Government Warns of Continued North Korean Cyber Activities

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

The U.S. government last week issued two technical alerts on North Korea’s cyber activities targeting the aerospace, telecommunications, finance, government, automotive, and media sectors. North Korea is engaged in cyber-enabled economic warfare and is using its attacks against South Korea and the U.S. to degrade our political and military power. more...

6th November 2017 – FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

Wakeup Call for Chinese Banks on North Korea Sanctions

Anthony Ruggiero

The Treasury Department on Thursday issued an advisory on North Korea’s use of the international financial system to evade U.S. and UN sanctions. The advisory sent an unmistakable message to senior compliance officers in Chinese banks: Treasury knows you are violating North Korea sanctions and this is your last warning. more...

5th November 2017 – Fox News

Trump should confront China on North Korean nukes during his Asia trip

Anthony Ruggiero

When President Trump visits Beijing on his Asian trip now in progress, China is expected to roll out the red carpet. But Chinese leaders are spooked. President Trump is the first American president to sanction a Chinese bank for helping North Korea evade U.S. and United Nations economic sanctions. more...

27th October 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

North Korean Human Rights Abuses

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

Both the State Department and a non-governmental human rights organization issued new reports yesterday on North Korea’s abhorrent human rights abuses. Concurrently, the Treasury Department sanctioned ten North Korean officials and entities identified by the State Department as responsible for Pyongyang’s repressive actions. more...

24th September 2017 – Fox News

Why Trump’s economic moves against North Korea may do more to tame Kim than any insult

Anthony Ruggiero

China’s announcement Saturday that it would halt exports of some petroleum products to North Korea and stop importing textiles from the rogue nation is just the latest evidence that President Trump’s campaign to put economic pressure on North Korea is beginning to pay dividends. more...

5th September 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Pyongyang’s Playbook

Anthony Ruggiero

The crisis between the United States and North Korea shows no signs of abating. Indeed, Pyongyang escalated its provocations last week, firing a missile over Japan on August 29. Critics of the president cite his brash approach to Pyongyang as a factor behind North Korea’s belligerency. Some also link Trump’s tough talk about the Iran nuclear deal. Why, they ask, would North Korea want to cooperate with a White House that insists on revisiting a nuclear deal the United States struck with Iran just two years ago? more...

3rd September 2017 – The National Interest

It’s Time to Get Tough on China and Russia about North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test Sunday morning, with officials claiming that it was a hydrogen bomb designed to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The test followed pictures released by Pyongyang earlier Saturday showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a thermonuclear device. more...

25th August 2017 – Fox News

North Korea sanctions are finally getting serious

Anthony Ruggiero

The Treasury Department sanctioned 10 firms and six individuals this week for facilitating North Korea’s proliferation activities, illicit financial transactions, and sanctions evasion. The list included five Chinese firms and one Chinese individual as well as a Russian firm and four Russian nationals. These new sanctions send a strong message to Beijing and Moscow that there will be consequences for their failure to enforce the sanctions they claim to support. more...

16th August 2017 – Fox News

Time to end the North Korea sanctions merry-go-round

Anthony Ruggiero

The Groundhog Day nature of U.S. response to North Korea for the last decade, during Republican and Democratic administrations alike – provocation, followed by multilateral sanctions that usually are not fully implemented, leading to another provocation, to another round of sanctions – begs the question: why will this time be any different? more...

9th August 2017 – USA Today

North Korea deserves harsher responses

Anthony Ruggiero

The nuanced diplomatic rhetoric out of Washington the past eight years has failed to convince Pyongyang that the United States will prohibit North Korea from becoming a nuclear power. North Korea’s nuclear provocations deserve increasingly harsh responses. more...

29th July 2017 – The National Interest

How America’s Friends Aid North Korea’s Missile Program

Anthony Ruggiero

Pyongyang is not as isolated as it is supposed to be. more...

26th July 2017 – The Hill

North Korea must feel full weight of US sanctions, pressure — now

Anthony Ruggiero

In its latest assessment, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) concludes that North Korea could field a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in 2018, two years earlier than its previous estimate of 2020. more...

6th July 2017 – Politico

Time for Trump to Get Tough on China

Anthony Ruggiero

Beijing has failed to rein in North Korea. A little hardball might get Chinese leaders’ attention. more...

6th July 2017 – The Hill

The danger of North Korea and Iran — and how Trump should tackle it

Anthony Ruggiero, Behnam Ben Taleblu


30th June 2017 – The Hill

Trump and Moon must unite to send a tough message to North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae In, visited the White House today to seek President Trump’s support for his North Korea policies, following visits from Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February and China’s President Xi Jinping in April. more...

30th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Trump Acts against Chinese Bank for North Korean Money Laundering

Anthony Ruggiero

The Treasury Department took a significant action yesterday naming a Chinese bank, a Chinese company, and two individuals as conduits for North Korea’s sanctions evasion. more...