(NationalSentinel) Foreign Policy: During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster reiterated a point repeated by President Donald J. Trump during his campaign that the U.S. cannot be the world’s “policeman,” but that it nonetheless must be prepared to use force against North Korea to prevent Pyongyang from obtaining nuclear weapons and the ICBM’s to deliver them.
Asked about Trump’s campaign statements by host Chris Wallace, McMaster, a retired Army general, said Trump is actually seeking international support for action against North Korea.
“It’s an open defiance of the international community,” he said. “It’s important for all of us to confront this regime… . None of us can accept a North Korea with a nuclear weapon.”
Fox News noted that in September 2016 during a presidential debate, Trump said, “We cannot be the policeman of the world. We cannot protect countries all over the world, where they’re not paying us what we need.”
Asked how that squares with North Korea and whether the U.S. is obligated to take action if necessary, McMasters said, “Well yes, we do have to do something, and so we have to do something, again, with partners in the region and globally, and that involves enforcement of the UN sanctions that are in place.
“It may mean ratcheting up those sanctions even further, and it also means being prepared for military operations if necessary,” he said.
Indeed, since being in office Trump has been working on building alliances to solve the world’s most pressing foreign policy challenges – in Syria, in the Middle East and regarding North Korea. He has formed an early positive relationship, especially, with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“The president, I think, has been masterful in terms his development of a relationship with President Xi and in the discussions that led them to the place where the United States and the Chinese understand their interests overlap,” said McMaster.
While some will definitely see Trump’s attempt to address the North Korean nuclear issue as ‘being a global policeman,’ this is actually a bona fide U.S. national security issue that requires intervention. Not only has North Korea actively sought to develop nuclear-tipped ICBMs, but its leader, Kim Jong-un, has regularly threatened to launch them against the United States, Japan and South Korea, among other Western allies. Even recent defectors from the North have confirmed that Kim would use nukes to save his own regime.
In reality, this problem should have been solved long ago, before the North actually developed functional nuclear weapons – but it wasn’t. Bill Clinton’s administration signed a worthless “Agreed Framework” agreement that the North regularly violated; George W. Bush became bogged down in the Global War on Terror; and Barack Obama was too busy trying to make a “deal” that would result in a nuclear-armed Iran down the road.
Speaking of Iran, if North Korea is allowed to develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM that can reach most of the world, former UN Amb. John Bolton says Tehran could have the same capability by the next day because of the historic closeness between both regimes.
“I think there are a lot of other connections that have been noted, the Iranian scientists in North Korea and vice versa. Forget the Iran nuclear deal for a minute – it’s entirely foreseeable that the day North Korea gets the capability to drop a nuclear warhead on the United States via ballistic missile, Iran could have that capability the next day by writing a check in the right amount of money, so this relationship is extremely important,” he told Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM radio Friday.
Bottom line: Stopping North Korea from obtaining a nuclear weapon it could use against us – as Pyongyang has repeatedly threatened to do – is an unacceptable national security risk to the United States.
Trump and his national security team appear to fully appreciate and understand that.