Yes Minister explains the US Government (III)

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Back last week before the alleged DPRK nuclear test, the Bush Administration was doing a lot of tough talk about it. Here's Condoleeza Rice:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday a North Korean nuclear test would be "a very provocative act" and the United States would have to assess its options should it be carried out.

Rice's warning, at a news conference in Cairo, reflected widespread concern within the Bush administration. She stressed, however, that a North Korean test was an issue "for the neighborhood" and not just for the United States.

"It would be a very provocative act," she said. Still, she said, "they have not yet done it."

Rice did not elaborate on the options she said the United States would consider if North Korea followed through on it threat.

Now that the DPRK claims to have conducted such a test, you might be wondering what those options actually are. Here's Humphrey Appleby to explain it to you:

There are essentially six options. One, ignore it, two, file a protest, three, issue a statement condemning it, four, cut off aid, five, sever diplomatic relations, six, declare war. Now, if we ignore it, we tacitly acknowledge it, if we file a protest it'll be ignored, if we issue a statement it will seem weak, we can't cut off aid because we're not giving any, if we sever relations we risk losing the oil contract and if we declare war... people might just think we're overreacting.

Apparently for now we've decided to go with option 3.

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The U.S. has provided aid to North Korea (probably as a result of the previous agreement over nukes).
http://www.nautilus.org/DPRKBriefingBook/uspolicy/CRSUSAidtoDPRK.pdf.

But you are probably correct in stating that the U.S. provides 0 relief now. Apart from China, could the U.S. prevent aid from from making it's way to North Korea?

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