Defining Nuclear ‘Significance’

Kerry says U.S. won't tolerate North Korean nukes, 20 years too late

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Secretary of State John Kerry warns (yawns) North Korea Tuesday that it won't tolerate its nuclear weapons.

Secretary of State John Kerry sounded pretty blunt at the State Department Tuesday afternoon:

We will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state, nor as a nuclear-armed state, nor will the international community abide by that.

Reminded me of a story I wrote 20 years ago, when it first became evident that Pyongyang was not only developing nuclear weapons, but that it most likely had at least one, and maybe two, back in early 1994.

“Our policy right along,” Defense Secretary William Perry told me in his flying stateroom over the Atlantic, “has been oriented to try to keep North Korea from getting a significant nuclear-weapon capability.”

Not sure how many A-bombs one needs to clear the “significant” bar. But two decades sounds pretty significant.

13 comments
ahandout
ahandout

John Kerry is so intimidating.  I bet that N. Korea sends him an appology note. 

Kerry should borrow Hillary's "Reset" button, maybe change it to a do over button, and then just go sailing...


reallife
reallife

uh oh... I think a red line is coming


LOL




OhMeOhMy
OhMeOhMy

After reading the transcript of Obama and Kim Jong-Un's Twitter feud this morning, it's apparent the N. Korean dictator is not concerned with any threats from the U.S. http://bit.ly/1gu78OM

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

....and we're watching Iran as well. 

There is a time limit on this deal.  If we cave in and don't deal with Iran if they don't meet their end of the agreement when the time is up we will have no leg to stand on when it comes to North Korea.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Dont this idiot realize the world does not take us seriously anymore ? Giving warnings right and left that the world finds boring ? Hey, Horsey Faced get off the stage and give your place to somebody more credible.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJulietteJust in case you did not notice we already lost legs to stand on since Obama came to office. We have been sitting on our butt for five years now with our tails between our legs.

jmac
jmac

@ReneDemonteverde @AlphaJuliette "I have enough of the experts .. "


You've admitted you get your news from Red State and Nation Review and think the Washington Post and the NY Times are not trustworthy, so clearly you're statement is true.  No experts for Rene.  We got it.  


Keep it up!   Conservatives that come on and sound like you do nothing to help win the middle - or those who can think.  

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJuliette @ReneDemonteverde Cant say I blame the GOPs. The man is incompetent as hell as Gates book only proved what many people had already suspected before. I have enough of the experts Ma`am. They know all the problem none of the solutions. Obama would be a fine specimen to study. All the soaring rhetoric but when you come down it signifies nothing. Id rather go with the talk less do more crowd. They seem to be more effective.