Unlike his predecessors over more than two decades, the only nuclear cans that President Donald Trump kicked down the road during his recent address to the U.N. General Assembly last week were attached to the backsides of tyrannical North Korean and Iranian collaborators.
Trump described Kim Jong Un’s regime as being on a "suicide mission," where denuclearization is their "only acceptable future." He said, "No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles."
The president also characterized the "Iran deal" as "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into." He added, "Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me."
Blunt talk for sensitive bureaucratic ears and delicate decorum? If so, it’s urgently warranted and critically long overdue.
The Obama administration’s desperate 2015 Iran agreement has thawed out between $100 billion and $150 billion in frozen sanctions which Tehran can now use to purchase advanced nuclear warheads and intercontinental delivery rockets from Pyongyang thanks to the Clinton administration’s 1994 "North Korean nuclear deal." North Korea has already sold ballistic missiles to seven countries, including Syria and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
Incredulously, ballistic missile restrictions weren’t part of that deal. In fact, Iran fired two long-range nuclear-capable missiles in March of the following year which specifically defied an existing U.N. Security Council resolution 2231.
U.N. and U.S. policies of appeasement and procrastination have likely brought Kim Jong Un, aka, "Rocketman," within shooting range of reaching mainland America with a 250-kiloton hydrogen thermonuclear device — about 17 times larger than the one that hit Hiroshima in 1945.
President Trump has strong reasons to insist that there is no conceivably acceptable scenario whereby America and our allies can submit to singular, much less combined nuclear intimidation by rogue regimes in North Korea and Iran. As he appropriately clarified to friends and foes at the U.N.’s General Assembly, "The United States has great strength and patience, but if forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea."
On Sept. 3, Pyongyang claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb which their state news agency described as "a multifunctional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for [a] super-powerful EMP [electromagnetic pulse] attack."
Such an attack over our mainland would cause unthinkably devastating disruptions to our electrical communication infrastructure and power grid. As President Trump’s national security advisor H.R McMaster stressed, it is “impossible to overstate the danger” posed by North Korea.
Former Obama national security advisor Susan Rice was very wrong in recently advising that we might learn to "tolerate" living with a nuclear North Korea as we have with a nuclear Russia. Let’s remember that the "Mutually Assured Destruction" (MAD) Cuban missile crisis which President Kennedy faced 55 years ago involved an adversary who wasn’t crazy enough to risk blowing up his own country along with the world. Kim Jong Un’s reign has changed all that.
Grave dangers promulgated by radical Iran mullahs multiply global threats posed by Korea and its nuclear neighbors. Rice and others in the Obama administration downplayed a 2013 National Air and Space Intelligence Center report which stated, "Iran has an extensive missile development program and has received support from entities in Russia, China and North Korea."
Bill Gertz, a national security columnist for The Washington Times, has reported that Kim Jong Un’s regime even had the temerity to supply missile components to Iran during the 2015 Iran nuclear negotiations which "were included in Obama’s daily intelligence briefings," but kept secret from the United Nations.
Perhaps we might interpret Trump’s preparedness to defend America and our allies through "total destruction of North Korea" to include both economic and military options. Prudently beginning with the former, he signed an executive order last week giving the U.S. Treasury Department power to sanction any entity involved with North Korean trade or finance, freeze the U.S. assets of foreign banks working with the country, and ban those institutions from accessing U.S. financial markets.
The purpose is to put an international stranglehold on revenue sources which are being funneled into nuclear weapon and intercontinental missile programs.
There is glimmering hope that Trump’s U.N. straight talk backed by strong actions may already be reaping significant results. Chinese President Xi Jinping has since ordered Beijing’s central bank to immediately bar transactions with North Korea which control about 90 percent of the hermit regime’s trade revenue.
Let’s remember that President Trump has inherited blameless responsibilities to finally confront intolerable consequences of failed can-kicking appeasement policies which empowered megalomaniac tyrants throughout the terms of his four Republican and Democratic administration predecessors.
God help our president and all of us.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is the author of "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015) and "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax" (2012). Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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