Most of all, the status quo is unsustainable because of the toll sanctions are taking on ordinary Iranians.
That was a lesson from Iraq in the mid-1990s, when more than half a million Iraqi children died of malnutrition because of sanctions that failed to curb Saddam Hussein’s power.
This changing reality has also increased focus on long-running territorial disputes, with Denmark, Russia and Canada all seeking sovereignty over a vast underwater mountain range near the North Pole known as Lomonosov Ridge.
But it is the retreating ice that has both increased mining opportunities and raised the possibility of new shipping lanes through the Arctic, which could reduce global shipping times.
Greenland has hit the headlines several times in recent years, with then-President Donald Trump suggesting in 2019 that the US could buy the territory.
That woke many U.S. officials up to just how unacceptably vulnerable the United States is after two decades of relying on China to supply a vast array of crucial goods and components.
Instead of the global economic system changing China, China is changing the global economic system, and the backlash against those changes helped fuel the rise of populism in the United States.
That support needs to become loud and clear, and immediate.
In our view, further clarification is however, needed on the repository's role, scope and interplay with the current mandate, in view of facilitating its establishment.
It also hurt that Mr. Biden took the step without consulting the Canadians, though they were the ones who would suffer the bulk of the loss.