Latest concerns over 'axis of evil' in North Korea, Iran
How should U.S. respond to potential threats?
- Duration 5:54
- Date Feb 13, 2013
How should U.S. respond to potential threats?
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-- an -- what it's a foreign policy flashback if you will with the new concerns today over Iran and North Korea to countries singled out.
By president George W.
Bush more than a decade ago during his State of the Union Address swimmer that's.
North Korea as a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction.
While starving its citizens.
-- -- aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror.
While an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.
Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror states like these.
And their terrorist allies.
Constitute an axis of evil.
Arming to threaten the peace of the world.
But to charter members said the axis of evil Iran and North Korea have both in the spotlight at this year's state of the union take -- -- Our challenges don't end with -- -- cut.
America will continue to lead the effort to prevent the spread of the world's most dangerous weapons.
The regime in North Korea must know there will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations.
Provocations of the -- we saw last night will only further isolate them.
As we stand by our allies strengthen our own missile defense.
And leave the world and taking firm action response to these threats.
Likewise the leaders of Iran must recognize the now the time for a diplomatic solution.
Because -- coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations.
And we will do what is necessary to prevent that from getting a nuclear weapon.
Ambassador John Bolton former US ambassador to the UN and a Fox News contributor joins us now so ambassador what should we expect the American people.
In the next ten years should we expect more of the same mentioned North Korea and a Ryan has stated the union and almost similar -- the same terms.
Well if we continue to pursue the policies that we have I'm sad to say in both the bush and the Obama administration's.
Not only will North Korea have a deliverable.
Nuclear weapon but so -- LeBron and so wolf.
God only knows how many other countries that see that they were able to persevere that the United States was unable or unwilling to stop them and then in fact.
You can get nuclear weapons and I think.
President Obama's remarks demonstrated why the notion that North Korea cares about its international obligations quote unquote.
Or that Iran.
Or North Korea can be chit chatted out of there.
That nuclear weapons programs these are the delusions we pursued the past ten years and it's no surprise that -- as far behind the eight ball as we are.
-- as you mentioned after that speech in 2000 into North Korea went nuclear a -- well under President Bush in 2006.
-- four years after that axis of evil speech was made.
How do we prevent.
History from repeating itself under the Obama administration where.
We talk about sanctions when it comes to Iran we talk about diplomacy but Iran in several years or maybe sooner goes nuclear.
Well look let's start with North Korea which is the most heavily sanctioned country on earth its population.
Perennially -- near starvation one of the poorest countries on the planet exploded three nuclear devices and just put a payload and earth orbit if a government is determined.
To get to a nuclear weapons capability.
Economic sanctions of the kind we've imposed on North Korea the Security Council has -- that we've imposed on Iran will fail and we can see now.
Iran is is putting in a new generation centrifuges for its uranium enrichment program.
The economic sanctions haven't slowed it down at all diplomacy has failed.
Sanctions have failed the most likely outcome now is that Iran gets nuclear weapons and very soon unless somebody takes the unpleasant decision.
To use military force against that program.
You know it's interesting -- two very different administrations are pointing out you know that that have very similar parallels when it comes North Korea air.
And when it comes to Iran and attempting to prevent.
A nuclear program why even in very different ministries is in very different philosophies.
Are the same patterns repeating.
Because in the Bush Administration particularly in the last four years the policies pursued with respect.
To both North Korea and Iran were not that different than the policies that the Obama administration has pursued it was the Bush Administration.
Under Secretary Rice.
For example that took North Korea off the list of state sponsors of terrorism in an effort to appease them into negotiation.
That allowed North Korea access to international financial markets.
That that did -- when it came to Iran for six years.
In trying to move toward more effective sanctions there that supported European efforts at negotiation.
That this is been like Groundhog Day we tried the same thing over and over the north Koreans and Iran -- both expert at.
And cleaning -- clocks when it comes to negotiation it's no wonder the results the same.
Really really -- -- -- -- we talked about diplomacy and sanctions kind of being on one end and then war being on another or a military attack are those only.
The two options -- it is there a third option out there somewhere that simply no one's considering.
Well I think.
Looking backwards head we've been tougher earlier -- have more options but I think the I think the gains over -- it comes to diplomacy and sanctions.
It's not a pleasant choice that we faced but that's why say the most likely outcome is Iran joins North Korea and the deliverable nuclear weapons capability in the near future.
Ambassador nice to see -- -- and talk to reflect over the the last ten years and then think about what's ahead for the country as well but for to have you back as always.