John Bolton’s piece in today’s Wall Street Journal is an important one, explaining as it does where the United States is going wrong with North Korea. And a despotic, psychotic nuclear nation is no nation with which to go wrong. The whole piece should be read, of course. But we might pay particular attention to the second-to-the-last paragraph. The former U.N. ambassador says,
Finally, we need to learn the details of North Korean nuclear cooperation with other countries. We know that both Iran and Syria have long cooperated with North Korea on ballistic missile programs, and the prospect of cooperation on nuclear matters is not far-fetched. Whether and to what extent Iran, Syria or others might be “safe havens” for North Korea’s nuclear weapons development, or may have already participated with or benefited from it, must be made clear.
Are North Korea, Iran, and Syria helping one another with nuclear weapons — not weaponry in general, but nuclear weapons? If so, this is a stunning new development, or revelation. This could be unutterably dangerous for the world. Security-minded people in Congress may want to inquire about this. And we are reminded, once more, of the complete validity of the much-mocked phrase “axis of evil.”