North Korea only tested an ICBM that can carry a nuclear warhead to any target on Earth – and the Biden administration doesn’t care.
Or at least hope so she fuck it all.
You see, Team Biden came into office knowing that their options regarding North Korea were pretty limited. There was, of course, an opportunity to crack down on North Korea and ensure that Pyongyang’s burly pariah Kim Jong Un was adamant about not testing missiles capable of hitting the US homeland.
But the White House seems to have decided it would be better to develop a strategy bury the problem insteadand it had the blueprint to do it.
So we went down the rabbit hole. The government conducted an early three-month review of North Korea’s policy and never put forward a plan that was remotely concrete. What she has decided boils down to two words: Let’s talk.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Obama’s foreign policy geniuses had the same strategy, except they had a name for it: strategic patience. It amounted to offering North Korea dialogue and talks about ending its nuclear program in exchange for some sort of concessions in the future.
This is where things get really weird. Until the day North Korea pulls up a chair to discuss nuclear weapons, Presidents Barack Obama and now Joe Biden have nothing to offer on the subject. Conversations are politics. No talking, no politics.
Except for one problem: the North Koreans don’t want to talk. Well, they could, but not if they don’t know what they’re talking about. And just giving up their nuclear weapons outright isn’t exactly a conversation starter for them.
So is it really that surprising that North Korea laid the technological foundations for building nuclear weapons and long-range missiles during the Obama-Biden years (despite the fact that its population was starving with a GDP a third that of Ethiopia)? Those efforts were bearing fruit just as Donald Trump entered the Oval Office.
The bad news: North Korea is warming up. Pyongyang has already told the world it wants tactical nuclear weapons — you know, the small nuclear weapons that Russia has Threats of action against NATO and Ukraine. And that means more nuclear weapons tests are on the horizon.
Then there is the proliferation problem. North Korea is already selling large amounts of missile technology to Iran. One could easily imagine a scenario where Pyongyang would help Tehran build its own ICBM technology, or perhaps even help the regime develop its own nuclear device.
North Korea is in many ways a geopolitical cancer. You can ignore it, but the disease will spread. And in this case, the disease is weapons of mass destruction.
The good news: there is a cure. North Korea needs to know that we mean business and we can easily deter anything they do. Biden must work closely with the new conservative South Korean President Yoon, who will soon take office in Seoul. Both allies must immediately resume military exercises and rebuild readiness after years of decline. South Korea must strengthen its missile defense and also work closely with Japan on this issue.
Talks with North Korea might be possible, but only if we show Pyongyang that our forces are prepared for any eventuality.
If Biden continues to hope that the world is looking the other way at North Korea, we face a dangerous reality: The rogue regime may soon have a vast arsenal of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of killing the vast majority of Americans in less than 30 minutes .
This is a future we must avoid at all costs.
Harry J. Kazianis is Senior Director of the Center for the National Interest.
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