Just when you (and a South Korean/North Korean expert) hoped North Korea would do something reasonable, it sentenced the two American journalists allegedly caught sneaking into North Korea to 12 years in prison. If this sentence stands, it is a clear a sign as the latest nuclear test that Pyongyang has no interest in coming back to the negotiating table. The Obama administration seems to have come to the same conclusion, and is attempting to find ways to interdict North Korean shipments of weapons — both to ensure that the DPRK doesn’t export its nuclear technology and to squeeze the most important source of dollars the regime has. This confrontation is going to get worse before it gets better.
– Nina Hachigian