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Options limited on North Korea

northkoreanuclearThough President Obama said Monday that the United States and its allies would "stand up" to North Korea, his options are limited, the New York Times reported. For the response to have a significant impact, China — which supplies about 90 percent of North Korea's oil and 45 percent of its food — needs to go beyond the strong condemnation it issued Monday. The Clinton and Bush administrations were unsuccessful at getting China to put real pressure on North Korea. That's because, according to Dan Blumenthal of the American Enterprise Institute and Robert Kagan of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, China "fears a unified, democratic, prosperous Korea allied with the United States" and "wants a puppet state in North Korea."

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