Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the sanctions on Iran are causing a tremendous amount of difficulty in that country. Hagel commented while visiting Israel on Monday.
North Korea may be an economic basket case with a GDP that is less than half that of Ethiopia, and with much of the population malnourished and lacking even an electric light to turn on when darkness falls. Most North Koreans enjoy no freedoms or human rights, and an estimated 200,000 are confined to concentration camps.
The Iranian government opened its largest uranium mine and processing facility in the central part of the country.