The difference between these statements is strength.
World leaders have roundly condemned the communist regime in North Korea after reports of a fifth nuclear test conducted by the totalitarian state broke late Thursday night.
According to CNN, North Korean state media said the latest test would allow the rouge state to produce “a variety of smaller, light, and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power.” The blast, which was detected around 8:30 p.m. ET is estimated to have had an explosive power of 10 kilotons, making it nearly twice as large as the previous test North Korea conducted in January.
In a statement released by the White House, President Obama condemned the nuclear test “in the strongest possible terms as a grave threat to regional security and to international peace and stability.”
The President declared that after speaking with Japanese and South Korean leaders, the international community had agreed to work with the UN Security Council to “vigorously implement existing measures imposed in previous resolutions, and to take additional significant steps, including new sanctions,” against North Korea.
“To be clear, the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state,” Obama said in his statement.
Well that’s great. Except it’s not great. How is refusing to “accept North Korea as a nuclear state” going to change the fact that North Korea possess nuclear capabilities and is testing and improving them for the purpose of weaponization? And what is President Obama going to do about North Korea now? “Vigorously implement existing measures”? Does that mean that beforehand the international community was not enforcing existing resolutions? Is that why North Korea has conducted another nuclear test?
And what about these new “sanctions?” Hasn’t North Korea already demonstrated that sanctions will not prevent them from exploring nuclear weapons technology?
President Obama’s statement seems to “vigorously” embrace a status quo of failure.
Now, compare Obama’s statement to a statement released Friday by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (A, 97%), in which Cruz denounced North Korea’s nuclear test in no uncertain terms, warning that the communist state “should be on notice that the United States will not tolerate their destabilizing aggression.”
Cruz added that “other rogue regimes” striving for nuclear weapons, specifically Iran, “should be on notice that we will not allow this history to repeat itself.”
“International sanctions and diplomacy have failed in the face of North Korea’s grim resolve to become a nuclear power. Kim Jong-un is not going to suddenly become more reasonable than his father or grandfather–he is their standard bearer. A credible U.S. policy toward North Korea must include the designation of Chinese entities responsible for aiding in the DPRK’s proliferation activities. Furthermore, we should redouble cooperation with South Korea and Japan as they confront this growing menace, and reinforce their growing alliance as we take common sense steps such as the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system to the region. North Korea should be on notice that the United States will not tolerate their destabilizing aggression–and other rogue regimes pursuing nuclear capability like Iran should be on notice that we will not allow this history to repeat itself.”
Cruz notes 1) our current resolutions have failed; 2) the problem in North Korea is their leadership is unstable and unreasonable and that is not going to change; 3) the Chinese share responsibility for North Korea’s actions because they lend aid to North Korea; 4) a practical response to North Korean aggression goes beyond diplomatic condemnation and requires working with Japan and South Korea to implement a missile defense system in the region; 5) the United States is aware North Korea has nuclear arms, it recognizes their actions are “destabilizing,” and further aggression will not be tolerated; and 6) other evil regimes pursuing nukes, specifically Iran, should be aware the United States will not permit them to follow the path of North Korea.
Now THAT is great.