Because President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran has been a smashing success (wink, wink), it should therefore serve as a model for future nuclear deals, in particular one with North Korea. This is the wisdom of Secretary of State John Kerry.
Yes. You can add: "modeling a future disastrous nuclear deal with a despotic regime after a previous disastrous nuclear deal with a despotic regime" to Kerry's long list of failures and moronic statements. Add that one right underneath: "Climate change caused the Arab Spring."
Speaking in Beijing on Monday, and ironically on "the same day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that satellite imagery appears to confirm the Kim Jong-un regime has resumed operations at a previously-disabled facility that reprocesses plutonium," the Sec. of State hailed the Iran nuclear deal as a model for dealing with North Korea. CNS News reports:
Touting examples of U.S.-China cooperation, Kerry said the two had helped to negotiate the agreement that “resolved the international community’s 10-year-long concern about Iran’s nuclear program, and we together removed a major threat to the stability of the Middle East and to the danger of proliferation.”
Kerry said the U.S. and China need to “stand firmly and strongly together in the same way” in dealing with North Korea.
Noting that the U.N. Security Council had adopted tough sanctions earlier this year – in response to a fourth nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch the following month – Kerry said it was vital to keep applying pressure.
“We believe it is imperative to keep the pressure on North Korea in order to halt any and all actions that threaten its neighbors and threaten the peace and security of the region,” he said. “We were able to be successful with Iran. We’ve set the model. We can be successful ultimately with North Korea.”
Meanwhile in Vienna on Monday the IAEA – whose monitoring in North Korea has been limited to satellite observation since it was expelled in 2009 – said it looks like North Korea’s five-megawatt nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, is again operational.
IAEA director-general Yukiya Amano said recent images show a resumption of “activities related to the five-megawatt reactor, expansion of enrichment facilities and activities related to reprocessing.”
Experts estimate the reactor, some 60 miles north of Pyongyang, is capable of producing enough plutonium for about one nuclear bomb per year.
After carrying out nuclear tests, North Korea announced in 2013 that it would restart the Yongbyon reactor. According to CNS, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (remember, the guy who said the "Muslim Brotherhood" does not have a "religious" affiliation?) predicted back in February that North Korea would be able to recover plutonium from the reactor’s then-spent fuel within "weeks to months."
But, given the field day Iran has had following its nuclear deal with the U.S., Kim Jong-un has every right to be emboldened -- and we're quite certain he is.