North Korea's Move Tests International Will on Nuclear Issues

TV/Radio Broadcast Newshour with Jim Lehrer
North Korea's recent nuclear test seems to erase any progress in six years of multilateral negotiations. The United States can still pressure North Korea, but it will need China's cooperation.
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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) tested its second underground nuclear device Monday. To discuss the North Korean nuclear developments and potential steps that the United States and other nations could take, Douglas Paal joined Joel Wit, a career State Department official and visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer.
Paal pointed out that there are still sanctions that the United States can pursue, like North Korea's ability to sell arms internationally or their access to financial services. Any further sanctions, however, will require the consent and assistance of China. Up to now, Beijing has been noncommittal on its desired outcome for North Korea, but Paal explained that the DPRK’s nuclear test may convince China to put more pressure on Pyongyang. 
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in India’s judicial system.

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political parties

contested India’s last national elections.


of Egypt's labor force

works in the private sector.


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of oil consumed in the United States

is for the transportation sector.


of Chechnya’s pre-1994 population

has fled to different parts of the world.


of oil consumed in China

was from foreign sources in 2012.


of Syria’s population

is expected to be displaced by the end of 2013.


million people killed

in Cold War conflicts.


of the U.S. economy

is consumed by healthcare.


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traded between the United States and China in 2012.


billion in foreign investment and oil revenue

have been lost by Iran because of its nuclear program.


increase in China’s GDP per capita

between 1972 and today.


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