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Dealing with nukes one state at a time

President Obama, who personally wants to dictate the way the world deals with Iran, is showing how ineffective his foreign policies really are. North Korea struck a deal in late February, offering to make concessions on nuclear enrichment and long range missile testing in exchange for food aid. Two weeks later Pyongyang announced that it will launch a satellite by April 16th. This is contrary to UN Security Council resolutions passed in 2009 and contrary to the compliance-for-food agreement North Korea reached with the US last month.

North Korea has a serious hunger program that it refuses to address. Instead, it continues to spend resources on building a massive military and developing weapons technology. So far that seems to be a good investment. In April, while celebrating the 100th birthday of its founding father, North Korea will demonstrate to the world its advancement in rocketry and its generosity by providing Pyongyang’s favored elite with 100,000 new apartments in the new Mansudae Project.

Obama, who deems himself the final authority on dealing with a nuclear Iran, can’t even get North Korea to keep its agreements until the first food shipments arrive. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said of dealing with North Korea that he was tired of buying the same horse twice. Lets see how often North Korea can blackmail Obama into buying the same horse. US ally South Korea has already called on the US to increase its commitments to the North Koreans, hoping that the US will be taken seriously.

Perhaps Israel and the rest of the Middle East could learn from the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

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Its a sad situation when the man who wants to dictate the way the world deals with Iran is tegarded by the same world as a paper tiger. A very good example is Iraq. Prime Minister Maliki has stated very clearly that Iraq does not and will not allow any arms shipments across its territory. Yet inspite of video showing Iranian cargo planes that the US tracked across Iraq unloading arms in Syria, Iraq has so far refused the stop these so called humanitarian flights. Wonder who Iraq respects more?

Billy Claremont 18 March 2012

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