The Straits Times
Published on Jan 23, 2013

UN sanctions unlikely to bring North Korea to heel: Analysts


SEOUL (AFP) - The latest sanctions against North Korea will have little impact on its nuclear and missile programme, despite the added clout of China's support for the UN measures, analysts said today.

"The sanctions themselves amount to little more than a slap on the wrist," said Kim Yong Hyun, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul.

"But the North is likely to be upset at China yielding to pressure from other members of the UN Security Council and accepting the resolution," Kim said.

The action announced by the UN Security Council on Tuesday was a clear compromise that expanded the list of North Korean entities on the UN's sanctions list, but stopped short of imposing any tough new penalties.