Applying the Lessons Learned From Iran to North Korea

Disclaimer: Let me go ahead and say that there is a lot of sarcasm in this article. The situation is real, the participants are as stupid as they are going to sound and the situation could go from nightmare to completely bat-s**t insane if the “experts” have their way.

Sidney Seiler, U.S. special envoy to the spectacular failure that was the six-party talks to end the North Korean nuclear program between 2003 and 2009, thinks that with the “success” of a nuclear agreement with Iran, the United States should reopen nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea.

“The Iran deal demonstrates the value and possibilities that negotiation bring,” Seiler told Reuters. “It demonstrates again our willingness, when we have a willing counterpart, and it demonstrates our flexibility when the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) makes a decision that it wants to take a different path.” North Korean officials responded (I’m assuming after they finished laughing) that they were not interested in renewing negotiations.

NK FlagWhy should they?

If it weren’t for the overblown, overhyped and underwhelming nuclear arsenal that North Korea has, they would be just as important and influential in foreign affairs as other beacons of world power like Cuba, Greece or Somalia. The presence of nuclear weapons have given North Korea a status in the world completely out of balance with their importance.

Iran will be joining that club soon enough and I am sure that another idiot official will be wandering around trying to convince everyone that the next nuclear negotiation will tempt Iran back to the negotiating table.  It’s also quite possible that if this administration worked out a deal with North Korea, not only would they be able to keep their nukes, we would give them billions of dollars and probably let them annex South Korea, Japan and Alaska.

The situation is laughable, but a year ago the idea that we would give Iran the kind of deal we did was just as ridiculous. Look where we are now. “Well, I will say this about the deal, the joint comprehensive plan of action, is that from an intelligence perspective it puts us, assuming Iranian compliance, a big assumption, but if they do comply it puts us in a much better place to observe the entire industrial infrastructure of the Iranian nuclear capability then we are today without it,” faint praise indeed from the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

If that is the best spin we can put on this situation, why in the world would we want to re-open negotiations with North Korea?

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Matt is a former military journalist who spent 10 years in the US Navy. He served in various posts during his career, including a couple of deployments on the USS Valley Forge (CG-50). After leaving the Navy, he worked in management for a number of years before opening his own businesses. He ran those businesses until 2012 when he chose to leave the retail industry and return to writing. Matt currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to the US Patriot blog and other websites about political affairs, military activities and sailing.
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