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Henry Kissinger: NKorea Emboldens Others to Stock Up Nukes

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By    |   Thursday, 25 January 2018 05:19 PM

If North Korea is allowed to keep its nuclear weapons, other nations will seek them too as a way "for achieving international prominence and the upper hand," Henry Kissinger warned Thursday.

The former secretary of state appeared along with the former State Department chief in the Reagan administration, George Shultz, and President George W. Bush's former deputy secretary of state, Richard Armitage, before the Senate Arms Committee — and all aired concerns for potential, catastrophic confrontations as global order erodes, Stars and Stripes reported.

"If North Korea still possesses a military nuclear capability in some finite time, the impact on the proliferation of nuclear weapons might be fundamental," Kissinger said during his testimony, Defense News reported.

"Because if North Korea could keep its capability in the face of opposition by China and the United States, and the disapproval of the rest of the . . . world, other countries will also feel this is the way for achieving international prominence and the upper hand."

South Korea and Japan will want nuclear weapons. too, and "then we are living in a new world . . . that will require new thinking," Kissinger said.

He also cautioned against a unilateral, preemptive U.S. war with North Korea on the doorstep of Russia and China, but said America will "soon hit that fork in the road" that will require "some prayerful thinking," Defense News reported.

"The temptation to deal with it with a preemptive attack is strong, and the argument is rational," he said. "I would be very concerned by a unilateral American war at the borders of China and Russia in which we are unsupported by a significant part of the world."

The testimony's grim look into potential U.S. conflicts could influence the development of the next National Defense Authorization Act, Stars and Stripes reported.

The most recent $700 billion NDAA policy plan to help grow the military was signed into law last month, but has yet to get the funding necessary to surpass budget caps, the military news outlet reported.

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If North Korea is allowed to keep its nuclear weapons, other nations will seek them too as a way "for achieving international prominence and the upper hand," Henry Kissinger warned Thursday.
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