Susan Rice, former President Obama’s national security adviser, wrote an opinion piece which was published in The New York Times on Thursday in which she claims that President Trump is risking “dangerous” military engagement with North Korea with his “bluster,” potentially putting millions of people in Seoul at risk.
“War is not necessary to achieve prevention, despite what some in the Trump administration seem to have concluded,” she writes, stating, “History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War. It will require being pragmatic.”
She acknowledged that the Trump administration should not “legitimize” North Korea as a nuclear state, but she thinks President Trump should ratchet down his rhetoric and learn to live with a nuclear North Korea, just as President Obama did.
Rice said the U.S. should make it clear that any use of nuclear weapons against the U.S. or its allies, or the transfer of nuclear weapons to third parties, would “result in [the] annihilation of North Korea.”
But she said the second step is for Trump to end his tough-guy talk in order to avoid “blundering into a costly war.”
“John Kelly, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, must assert control over the White House, including his boss, and curb the Trump surrogates whipping up Cuban missile crisis fears.”
She also criticized the “bluster” emanating from both Pyongyang and Bedminster, N.J., where Trump is staying for most of August.
Rice recommended boosting its anti-missile defenses, tightening sanctions against North Korea even further, and opening up talks with China about ways to negotiate down North Korea’s arsenal.
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