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Bridget Johnson


April 2, 2013 - 6:40 am

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warned “history will not look kindly” on a country that not only ignores the threat posed by North Korea but its humanitarian crisis.

“The escalation of rhetoric from North Korea is dangerous and destabilizing.  I urge the Obama administration to continue to stand by our allies in the region, especially South Korea, during this difficult time and ensure that Pyongyang realizes that threats will only further isolate North Korea from the rest of the world and will not be rewarded by outreach and engagement, as has far too often been the case in the past,” Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a potential 2016 contender, said today.

“We must remember that our concerns with North Korea extend well beyond the country’s nuclear program. The regime keeps hundreds of thousands of its citizens in gulag-style concentration camps and expands its military complex while its people are left to starve. The real solution to this challenge will come only once all concerned parties realize that this odious regime is the problem and join the United States in pressuring China to change its policy of supporting Pyongyang,” he said.

Rubio said he’s concerned about nuclear cooperation between Iran and North Korea and called on the administration “to explore every option to prevent this activity, including the use of its authorities to designate additional North Korean entities and international financial institutions that enable North Korea to provide assistance to Syria and Iran and that host regime assets.”

“I also call on the Obama administration to relist North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, given North Korea’s ongoing support to state sponsors Iran and Syria, including through terrorist entities such as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps,” he added.

Lawmakers called for the relisting throughout Obama’s first term to no avail. The country was removed from the State Department list in mid-2008.

“History will not look kindly upon us if we do not learn the lessons of our past mistakes on North Korea and do nothing to change the status quo,” Rubio said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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N Korea is the chicom's sock puppet. Their foreign policy is dictated by China. Kim does not fart without Peking's approval. This present charade is only a pretense to evoke a response from the US and its allies. The Koreans succeeded. China moves troops toward the border. They collect intelligence about the movements and actions of the allies and the US. China is NOT our friend. They understand that someday they may need to defend themselves from an act of US aggression - the pre-emptive strike the last commentor is calling for.
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The sabre rattling is also a typical response from a failed government. How better to distract the electorate from the corruption and graft that continues to engorge itself at the public trough.
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N. Korea is a cult with twenty-five million members. Culturally they are not equipped to recognize the errors of their leaders. Instead, they blame the outside world, and the United States in particular, for their harsh lives. We will not "win their hearts and minds".

We cannot allow a country with nuclear capability to play the bully. While their threats to bomb Austin are laughable the damage they can do short range could be devastating. Unfortunately, much of the world is still stuck in their "flower power" stage and don't understand that sometimes pre-emptive strikes are necessary when faced with an irrational enemy.

I don't necessarily have an answer to the question "What do you do with a problem like Kim Jong-Un?" but I suspect a big stick would be more appropriate than a gentle voice.
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