This is propaganda from the North Korean’s and they are trying to intimidate those Americans who are capable of being intimidated. Unfortunately, there are large numbers of them. The threat in the region is North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. That’s what we have been grappling with unsuccessfully for over twenty-five years. The idea that somehow we’re responsible is ludicrous, except to those who believe that kind of North Korean propaganda.
We could argue about whether Iran has violated the specific provisions contained in the deal regarding uranium enrichment. I think that’s irrelevant. They shouldn’t have any uranium enrichment at all. They have been pursuing nuclear weapons for twenty-five years or more. They haven’t given it up. They are still pursuing it today.
The Iran nuclear deal, which Mr. Trump has excoriated repeatedly, is hanging by an unraveling thread. Congress won’t improve it. American and European businesses proceed at their own peril on trade or investment with Iran. The deal should have died last week and will breathe its last shortly.
Here is the question that the President of the United States has to answer: Are we prepared to live forever with North Korea having nuclear weapons? Will Americans be under that threat for as far as the eye can see? I find that unacceptable.
I have previously argued that only U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA can adequately protect America from the Iranian nuclear threat. Casuistry deployed to persuade President Trump to stay in the deal may succeed this Thursday, but it does so only at grave peril to our country. This is no time to let our guard down.