“China is an ally of a North Korea that needs China’s economic assistance,” said Joseph R. DeTrani, who served as the U.S. intelligence communities top official on North Korea from 2010 through last year.
While multi-party diplomatic talks between Western leaders and North Korea have foundered in recent years, Mr. DeTrani told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee that China may be able to “help convince the leadership in Pyongyang that the current escalatory path North Korea is pursuing will be disastrous.”
The threat followed news from the U.N. that the U.S. has struck a tentative deal with China to tighten international sanctions on North Korea in response to the rogue regime carrying out a nuclear test last month — its third controlled nuclear explosion.
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As a freelance journalist, Taylor’s work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and his stories appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the ...
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