Skip to comments.(North Korea) DPRK is a factor in Syria plans
Posted on 09/04/2013 7:30:13 PM PDT by TexGrill
Pyongyang weighs heavily on the minds of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. leaders as Congress debates authorization for a controversial military strike against Syria. Inaction, administration officials say, will set a bad example for other U.S. foes like North Korea and Iran.
In a Senate hearing, Kerry urged lawmakers to back the Obama administrations plan for a military strike in Syria, whose president, Bashar al-Assad, allegedly used chemical weapons against civilians near Damascus on Aug. 21. Kerry said a failure to respond to that provocation would be an opportunity for U.S. enemies to misinterpret our intentions. No government has been proven to have employed chemical weapons since 1988, when Iraq used mustard gas against Kurds in northern Iraq.
North Korea is hoping that ambivalence carries the day. They are all listening for our silence, Kerry said. And if we dont answer Assad today, we will erode a standard .?.?. that has protected our own troops in war, and we will invite even more dangerous tests down the road.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, who also testified at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, supported Kerry by saying a failure to respond would send a dangerous signal to the likes of North Korea and Iran.
North Korea maintains a massive stockpile of chemical weapons that threatens our treaty ally the Republic of Korea and the 28,000 U.S. troops stationed there, Hagel said.
The defense secretary recalled a ministerial meeting in Brunei last month, saying he had previously had a very serious and long conversation with Kim Kwan-jin, South Koreas defense minister, about the real threat posed by North Koreas stockpile of chemical weapons.
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When have we ever shown a willingness to do anything militarily to North Korea?
Seriously!?? The NORKS!!!???? We're concerned about the NORKS??
Oh, my, how the mighty have fallen!
But....but.....Dennis Rodman is over there.
NK kills hundreds of thousands of their own citizens every year.
One would think that any logical call to action would be against them, not Syria.
When NK is already getting away with killing so many, how is striking Syria going to make any impact on them?
Pyongyang weighs heavily on the minds of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
so THATS whats bee ailing him !!..../s
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