Not enforcing juche

In the last analysis North Korea’s ‘rogue state’ status results from US strategic requirements, writes Mike Macnair

On September 11 the United Nations security council adopted a new set of sanctions against North Korea (formally the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), with the aim of forcing an end to its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development. These are extended from the very extensive, already-existing sanctions, and now ban North Korean textile exports and the sale of natural gas to the country. But they are substantially less that the United States’ original proposals, which would have banned all exports of petroleum products to North Korea, imposed a full naval blockade, and authorised the use of force to enforce this blockade.1 Donald Trump said on September 11 that the new sanctions are “nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen”.2

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Letters

Shibboleth; Overboard; Reminder; Our heritage; Pay rise now; Kick in the guts

Nationalism and imperial power

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Dirty Des bows out

As Trinity Mirror prepares to buy the Express and Star titles, William Kane looks at the state of the press

Rearming the April theses

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Strange battle lines

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Celebration

Weekly Worker supporters are celebrating the Russian Revolution's centenary in various way, says Robbie Rix, why not join them by handing over some cash?

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