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Limited options to punish N. Korea rocket launch

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With North Korea seemingly intent on going ahead with its planned rocket launch, the international community must decide how it can punish a country that has proved largely impervious to past sanctions. 

Two North Korean soldiers stand guard in front of a Unha-3 rocket at Tangachai -ri space center in April 2012. With North Korea seemingly intent on going ahead with its planned rocket launch, the international community must decide how it can punish a country that has proved largely impervious to past sanctions.

The options open to the United States and its allies are limited by several factors, not least that individually and collectively they have already exercised most of what little leverage they have over the isolated state.

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