Behind the North Korean Nuke Crisis

Exclusive: One fallout from the Hillary Clinton-led “regime change” in Libya – after Muammar Gaddafi gave up his WMD deterrence – is that North Korea keeps building up its nuclear-weapon program. Its leaders don’t want to suffer Gaddafi’s grisly fate, another case of how war can exacerbate other tensions, notes Jonathan Marshall.

By Jonathan Marshall

In response to North Korea’s recent announcement that it plans to launch a satellite within a few days, Washington and its partners are speaking loudly to condemn the regime but carrying very small sticks to stop it. If Teddy Roosevelt were still alive, he would not be impressed.

A White House spokesman called North Korea’s plans “another irresponsible provocation” and a senior State Department official demanded “tough additional sanctions,” as if those had ever deterred the Pyongyang regime. South Korea blustered that its northern counterpart will pay a “grave price” if it follows through with the launch, without offering anything more than rhetoric.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The satellite launch — which critics view as a cover for a ballistic missile test — comes only a month after the North held its first claimed hydrogen bomb test. By most accounts, that test was a failure. No one doubts, however, that North Korea will someday get an effective bomb, and a delivery vehicle, unless it experiences a dramatic change of heart.

The Obama administration’s current policy of economic sanctions, appealing to China for help, and denouncing the Kim Jong-un regime, isn’t working. As with its other failed policies, such as its military interventions in Afghanistan Iraq, and Syria, the U.S. government insists on continuing to do more of the same, apparently hoping for a miraculous change of outcomes.

That successive Kims who have run North Korea for decades have always thrived on Western denunciations. They have tightened the country’s belts — starving their own population if necessary — to resist Western sanctions. And they have persuaded China that the consequences of regime collapse — anarchy and mass refugee migrations — would be far worse than the status quo.

Although the…

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