by Dr. Kun Kim
Despite tough sanctions by the United Nations Security Council earlier this year, North Korea tested its fifth and largest nuclear bomb. Once again, world leaders were angered towards North Korea’s rogue leader, Kim Jong Un, for violating the UN treaty. Predictably, China will declare its opposition to the nuclear test, prompting yet another round of UN sanctions.
Defiantly ignoring the sanctions, North Korea will proceed with nuclear proliferation that threatens the region as well as the U.S. in near future.
This has been a never ending story line since 1994, when we were all duped by the North Korea. Recall the historic deal that was spearheaded by President Clinton. U.S., Japan, and South Korea would provide more than $4 billion in energy aid in exchange for North Korea’s commitment to stop its nuclear weapons development. Sounds familiar to Obama’s “historic” nuclear deal with Iran, does it not? Now, 20 years later, North Korea is thought to have 8 nuclear bombs, as well as the capability to put it on a ballistic missile to reach the U.S.
North Korea views its nuclear weapons as an insurance against U.S. and South Korea’s possible aggression. Nuclear technology potentially devastating the neighbouring region is a good deterrent against any possible U.S. lead attacks (never mind that U.S or South Korea may never have this intent).
China holds the key to taming North Korea’s further nuclear ambition, which will have far reaching impact in stability and safety around the world. China is North Korea’s only real ally and lifeline, providing food and energy.
It is thought that about 70% of North Korea’s international trading is done with China. If China enforces U.N. sanctions, then North Korea has no choice but to listen to the world. China acts tough and speaks against North Korean nuclear development but it is also aiding the North Korea by not enforcing the sanctions all the way. China also desires a stable Asia with North Korea by its side. South Korea and Japan represent a huge chunk of global trading volume with China, which does not want to destabilize the region by North Korea’s continued rogue behavior.
Hence, the next POTUS has the tricky assignment that Obama, Bush, and Clinton couldn’t solve: How to apply enough pressure on China without alienating our important trading partner, as well as force North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal? It is very obvious that Hillary Clinton is NOT up to that task.
While Secretary of State under President Obama, she was responsible for all the disastrous international policies that have resulted in current situations with Iran, Libya, and Russia to say the least.
She thinks we are at another Cold War with Russia. She touts the Iran deal (which mirrors the North Korean deal 20 years ago) as a great accomplishment. She hasn’t yet owned up to her failures in Libya that have destabilized the region, enabling ISIS to spread. Under her watch, four brave Americans died, including Ambassador Stevens.
Donald Trump, although a political outsider, has repeatedly proven his ability to make deals and tread tricky waters. Although outwardly direct and bombastic, he knows how to deal with world leaders. His recent trip to Mexico to meet with the Mexican president is widely viewed as a big success and showed his statesmanship.
Trump, as an international man of diplomacy, was able to go into the known hostile country and have a very successful meeting with the president.
Trump’s past performances with his international businesses across the globe, including China, has certainly honed his skills in deal making. He will pressure, but not alienate, China into following through with its U.N. sanctions against North Korea. He will use our leverage with China to our advantage. He will use our 500 Billion trade deficit with China smartly. America’s trade with China is very important to their economy. Donald Trump will use this, with the finesse and expertise that only a proven international business leader like himself, can. Once China applies enough pressure on North Korea, then and only then, will North Korea give up its nuclear arsenal for a legitimate place in international community and a more stable world.