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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 –...

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Jonathan Kaiman and Barbara Demick - The Los Angeles Times

To make North Korean sanctions stick, the ‘gloves are off’ for U.S. in fight against Chinese smuggle

Anthony Ruggiero

A tough new sanctions resolution unanimously approved Aug. 5 by the U.N. Security Council bars North Korea from exporting $1 billion of its most profitable commodities, including coal.

15th August 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Report: Iran And Russia Violated UN Weapons Sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

German media and state intelligence agencies revealed how Russia and Iran bypassed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear accord.

9th August 2017 - Quoted by Uri Friedman - The Atlantic

Why China Isn’t Doing More to Stop North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration claims “all options are on the table” for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program—from using military force, to pressuring China to punish its North Korean ally, to Donald Trump negotiating directly with Kim Jong Un. But what do those options look...

9th August 2017 - Quoted by Jenny Lee - VOA

Will New Sanctions Restrain Kim Jong Un? Maybe Not

Anthony Ruggiero

As the U.S. and its allies welcome the latest U.N. sanctions against North Korea as a good, incremental step to increase pressure on the Kim Jong Un regime, a question looms: Will this cause economic pressure strong enough to change Pyongyang's behavior?

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.

8th August 2017 - NPR

Here & Now

Anthony Ruggiero

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Anthony Ruggiero, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, about whether the North Korea sanctions will be effective.

8th August 2017 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

How North Korea Cheats Sanctions

Anthony Ruggiero

Pyongyang “has … adapted to these measures through various tactics, including identity fraud.”

8th August 2017 - Quoted by Nirmal Ghosh - Straits Times

North Korea crisis deepens, more tests likely: Analysts

Anthony Ruggiero

Experts are not optimistic about the prospects of tighter sanctions reining in North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programmes, given that Pyongyang has repeatedly said its ambitions are non-negotiable.

8th August 2017 - Quoted by Abigail Tracy - Vanity Fair

“Fire and Fury”: Trump Warns Of Massive Retaliation If North Korea Threatens U.S.

Anthony Ruggiero

New reports suggest the regime has developed a nuclear weapon capable of being delivered by missile.

8th August 2017 - Quoted by Matthew Pennington - Associated Press

Analysis: Even new UN sanctions might not halt North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

The strongest sanctions yet against North Korea could still prove no match for the communist country's relentless nuclear weapons ambitions.

8th August 2017 - Quoted by James Griffiths and Serenitie Wang - CNN

China willing to ‘pay a price’ for stronger North Korea sanctions

Anthony Ruggiero

China is willing to take the economic hit of greater sanctions on North Korea, a top official said Monday, as Washington continues to pressure Beijing on the issue.

8th August 2017 - CBS News

This Morning

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero talks about the tough decisions North Korea will have to make in the face of new sanctions on CBS This Morning.

8th August 2017 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Fresh Trump efforts against Muslim Brotherhood gets key backing from Arab allies

Jonathan Schanzer

Arab allies of the U.S. are expressing support if the Trump administration declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, according to statements from foreign officials and a senior administration official who spoke to Fox News.

7th August 2017 - Quoted by Richard Nephew - 38 North

Delaying Tactics: New Sanctions, Still No Strategy

Anthony Ruggiero

On August 5, 2017, the UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 2371, imposing a new round of sanctions against North Korea.

7th August 2017 - Quoted by PBS Newshour

What Are Economic Sanctions?

Juan Zarate

For many foreign policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges, from counterterrorism to conflict resolution.

7th August 2017 - Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

What the new U.N. sanctions on North Korea mean

Anthony Ruggiero

When it comes to dealing with North Korea's nuclear weapons program, many people hope sanctions are a useful tool. But not all sanctions are created equal.

7th August 2017 - Quoted by Jethro Mullen - CNN Money

New North Korea sanctions are unlikely to make Kim blink

Anthony Ruggiero

New U.N. sanctions on North Korea may take a heavy toll on its economy but are unlikely to have much impact on Kim Jong Un's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program.

7th August 2017 - NPR

All Things Considered

Anthony Ruggiero

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Anthony Ruggiero of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies about how North Korean shell companies enable the country to circumvent the economic impact of sanctions.

7th August 2017 - CBS News

CBS Digital

Anthony Ruggiero

Anthony Ruggiero, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano to go over the latest sanctions placed on North Korea.

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