North Korea's Nuclear Weapons

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North Korea's Nuclear Weapons
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China, the DPRK's only ally, may have voted for the sanctions, but it is hard to tell how serious the Chinese are at stopping the DPRK's provocations. North Korea's belligerence and unpredictability have long been essential tools in the exercise of Chinese foreign policy. China uses the DPRK as a means of keeping America occupied and at bay. For instance, China has opposed the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system (THAAD) in South Korea because it would give America and its allies the potential means to intercept a North Korean missile. They also fear that the advanced radar system would hinder the effectiveness of their own offensive capabilities. In public, China always maintains that it is against the DPRK possessing nuclear weapons and ICBMs, but then the Chinese oppose a strictly defensive system designed to counter that very eventuality. It has been hard to tell whether they are really against Kim Jong-un's belligerence or not. Perhaps with this vote, they now see ...

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