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John Yoo: US 'Not Going Nearly Far Enough' on NKorea

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 04:52 PM

The United States must do a lot more to topple the "evil" North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un, says John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department.

"As a Korean I might be biased about this, but the North Korean regime is the most evil, murderous regime we see on the face of the planet right now," Yoo said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The U.S. is not going nearly far enough to try to bring this regime to an end."

The Obama administration recently increased sanctions against the North Koreans following the hacking of Sony computers, but it's still not enough, according to Yoo, a professor at Berkeley Law.

"Increasing sanctions may have some marginal effect, but the U.S. has been increasing and decreasing sanctions up and down, off and on for a few decades now," Yoo said.

"And they haven't shown any sign of stopping North Korea's move towards a nuclear weapons program … Sanctions have got to ratchet up to try to exclude North Korea entirely from the international trade."

Yoo — who penned the so-called "Torture Memos" detailing what methods the U.S. could legally use in interrogating terror suspects — also believes the U.S. is not using its leverage with China.

"They're certainly not pressing China very hard to solve North Korea. [They] should be. It's in China's interest to also end this terrible regime in North Korea," Yoo said.

"The U.S. and President [Barack] Obama need to show some leadership here to try to move beyond simple sanctions we've had so far."

Yoo — a professor of law at Berkeley Law and author of "Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare", published by Oxford University Press — also criticized the president for trying to circumvent congress on foreign policy.

"There's some important constitutional principles that have to be observed and the one that Obama is really trying to get around these days is the treaty clause which requires two thirds of the Senate to approve all important international agreements," he said.

"The first and best thing they can do is to impose mandatory sanctions on Iran, tougher than the ones we've got now that the president has no ability to lift."

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