North Korean Nukes Demonstrate Fallacy of Obama’s Iran Strategy
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 21, 2015
The advancement of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities demonstrates the likely outcome of negotiations with any rogue nation determined to obtain nuclear weapons.
In December 1985 North Korea signed the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT). That treaty required signatories to submit to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by 1992 reports on their nuclear activity. The IAEA found North Korea out of compliance, which resulted in it withdrawal from NPT the following year.
In 1993 North Korea proposed direct negotiations with the United States on the nuclear issue, which the Clinton Administration accepted. Negotiations led to the US accepting some North Korean demands with North Korea accepting limited IAEA inspections. In 1994 North Korea and the United States signed the Agreed Framework between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic. This agreement supposedly eliminated weapons grade fuel from North Korea’s power plant, replacing it with the harder to weaponize light water reactors. This agreement remained in place for a few years during which North Korea did some sable rattling, which was quieted down by the United States offering financial and agricultural assistance.
By 2003 the Agreed Framework between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic broke down. In 2006 North Korea tested its first nuclear bomb followed by other tests.
This week CNN reported that North Korea claimed significant advances in its nuclear weapons including the creation of miniaturized warheads, improved missile accuracy and firing a rocket capable of carrying nuclear warheads from a submarine. These are ominous developments, especially the capability of producing smaller weapons that can be more easily sold to terrorists or other rogue nations.
The history of the negotiations and North Korea then becoming a nuclear nation after breaching the agreements made should surprise no one except the elitists in the State Department. A country determined to obtain nuclear weapons cannot be stopped through negotiations. The power and prestige these rouge nations gain by entering the nuclear club is perhaps the most valuable asset they can seek. Given this reality, negotiations are a charade. Those who believe that the current negotiations with Iran can lead to any more successful results have a juvenile understanding of history and the drive for sovereign power.