North Korea: Providing Chemical Weapons to Syria
There are no evil countries. There are evil leaders. President Bush was right in 2001 when he described Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as the Axis of Evil. While there is a fractioned peace in Iraq thanks to the blood of thousands of Americans, Iran and North Korea continue rhetoric threatening our security and the security of our allies.
According to the BBC, the United Nations announced that North Korea has been providing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the materials for chemical weapons likely in exchange for money that can help fund North Korea’s nuclear weaponry program. Allegedly some of these trades have been sent through a Chinese trading firm.
These are chemical weapons that are not only banned, but that Syria has used as an attack towards its own citizens—time and time again.
North Korea relies on China for most of its imports. We must leverage our relationships with other countries working with North Korea that unless they stop supporting this rogue nation they will lose our support as well. With support from China, the US can sanction global banks that work with North Korea and inhibit its money supply. But will China cooperate?
The United States and other global leaders need to stop a failed foreign policy that pacifies and placates. It is time to devise practical solutions that will force North Korea to change what it is doing. Without serious consequences, the country will not bend. And without China, the solutions are difficult. Let’s hope China wakes up and starts acting like a responsible global power.