Before you start popping champagne bottles or using white-out on your map of North and South Korea, let’s pause and consider what led to this announcement and its consequences.
Rex Tillerson’s startling comments signal that Pyongyang is truly on the cusp of having a nuclear-capable intercontinental missile and that a military conflict might be fast approaching.
A regime that cares so little for its own citizens’ welfare won’t give two bits about citizens from other countries or hesitate to deploy weapons of mass destruction.
The 2015 Iran nuclear deal effectively has no provision for international inspections of military installations, which Tehran has said it won’t allow.
With concerns escalating, North Korea should not lead us to tone down our voice and provide further concessions to Pyongyang and Tehran. We should in fact do the opposite.
President Trump can agree with the intelligence folks on technical compliance with the Iran deal, but note major violations of a U.N. resolution and state he cannot certify because of that.
Speakers from both parties, including early and vociferous opponents of President Trump, trashed the deal while urging the president to take a harder line on Iran.
This is a bad idea whose time has already come and gone, and the nuclear warriors’ ideas are just as bad now as they were 15 or 20 years ago.
While the test of a hydrogen bomb has been expected by North Korea analysts for some time, it has nonetheless triggered a nuclear war-scare in the United States.
Naturally, everyone assumes that Kim Jong-Un’s aggression targets the United States. What we have missed is that the other real target of Kim’s aggression is China.
North Korea shows no signs of simply maintaining the status quo. It is pushing rapidly toward a nuclear weapon and continually provokes its neighbors.
With negotiated denuclearization impossible, we must leverage Pyongyang’s fear of regime collapse by taking a stronger security stance and signaling that we are willing to fight.
The candidate who argued that America had become too predictable, reducing our power to influence global affairs, has become the president who never moves in a straight line.
The fact is, we had an Iran-style nuclear deal with North Korea, and now Kim Jong Un has nuclear weapons. North Korea should be a cautionary tale.
Long before Iraq and Iran, the United States was wrestling with the problem of how to strike North Korea, where planning for the use of nuclear weapons ran into various dead-ends.
Conspicuously missing is significant attention to the country that bears a large share of the blame for the current crisis and could play a crucial role in the future: Pakistan.
If Obama wants his visit to symbolize moving forward to a nuclear-free age, it begs asking whether he would have been prepared to do what was necessary to end World War II.
President Obama—with the help of an equally arrogant 38-year-old national security fabulist, Ben Rhodes—remade the Middle East to empower America’s most hated enemy.
Iran gave up almost nothing and got most of what it wanted, maybe more than it dreamed possible.
Wednesday’s deal shows the Obama administration has accepted a future with a nuclear Iran.
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