Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice said Thursday that extinguishing the North Korean nuclear threat has been a tough task for a long time and one she says the US has failed at for two decades.
“You can call it a failure,” Rice told CNN. “I accept that characterization of the efforts of the United States over the last two decades.”
Rice noted that the People’s Republic of North Korea has been a thorn in the side of four successive US administrations, both Republican and Democrat. They’ve seemingly tried everything, from sanctions, pressure, cooperation with China and Russia to “other methods that we shouldn’t speak about on television,” Rice said.
“The fact of the matter is, that despite all of those efforts, the North Korean regime has been able to succeed in progressing with its program, both nuclear and missile,” Rice said. “That’s a very unfortunate outcome. But we are where we are. And we now need to decide how to proceed.”
Rather than strike with “fire and fury,” Rice advocates that Trump pulls back on the explosive rhetoric and begin accepting the reality of a nuclear-armed North Korea. Thus, hers is not exactly a rousing strategy.
“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,” she wrote in a New York Times editorial. “It will require being pragmatic.”
Trump on Friday said that the US is prepared to use force should the situation with North Korea require it.
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