The Heat: Sanctions slapped on DPRK and Russia

The Heat

British Ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft, left, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vote during a Security Council meeting on a new sanctions resolution that would increase economic pressure on North Korea to return to negotiations on its missile program, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The DPRK was hit with tough new sanctions on Saturday after members of the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed the resolution.

It is the latest effort to stop the DPRK from testing missiles and developing its nuclear capability. The new sanctions impose a range of strong economic measures against the country and the DPRK has strongly condemned them.

Meanwhile, how much impact are recent U.S. sanctions against Russia having on U.S-Russian relations? And, how might they influence the relationship between U.S. President, Donald Trump, and Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

To discuss both sanctions and the state of U.S.-global relations:

  • Victor Gao, an expert on international relations
  • Michael Johns, co-founder of the U.S. National Tea Party and he’s also a former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush
  • Alexander Nekrassov, former advisor to the Kremlin
  • Afshin Molavi, a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University