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PacNet #42 – Tough Challenges, Hard Choices: Dealing with North Korea after the Collapse of the Leap Day Agreement

The "Leap Day agreement" — the well-intentioned diplomatic effort by the Obama administration to freeze North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs — collapsed just days after it was announced when Pyongyang conducted a rocket launch that violated both the deal with Washington and two UN Security Council resolutions. As a result, dealing with North Korea’s many challenges just got a lot harder.