“A day after US President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it attacks,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday told the UN General Assembly that “the time for dialogue with North Korea is over, adding that Japan “consistently” supports “the stance of the United States: that ‘all options are on the table.'”
The gravity of this threat is unprecedented. North Korea’s nuclear weapons either already are or are on the verge of becoming hydrogen bombs.
Their means of delivery will sooner or later be ICBMs.
For the more than twenty years since the end of the cold war, where and whenever and to what dictators have we allowed such stealth indulgence? As it turns out, it is only toward North Korea that this has been allowed.
That is the reality we find just before us.
And it was absolutely not a lack of dialogue that gave rise to the situation. For North Korea, dialogue was instead the best means of defeating us and buying time.
We must make North Korea abandon all nuclear and missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. What is needed to do that, is not dialogue but pressure. We must prevent the goods, funds, people and technology necessary for nuclear and missile development from heading to North Korea.
Whether or not we can put an end to the provocations by North Korea is depending upon the solidarity of the international community.
There is not much time left.