For years, North Korea has violated U.S. law and U.N. resolutions. Among its many infractions, it has continued its prohibited nuclear and missile programs; committed gross human rights violations; counterfeited U.S. currency and indulged in repeated acts of terrorism and acts of war.
Yet the United States has only half-heartedly addressed these violations. For example, the United States has sanctioned Burma, Belarus, Burundi, Congo, Iran, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe for human rights violations, but the Obama administration has not yet sanctioned a single North Korean entity for human rights violations even two years after the U.N. Commission of Inquiry declared Pyongyang had committed “crimes against humanity.”
Originally published in War on the Rocks