Former National Security Advisor to President Obama Susan Rice said President Trump should stop the “reckless rhetoric” and “tolerate” nuclear weapons in North Korea, according to Washington Free Beacon.
Rice’s advice is reminiscent of the Obama administration’s policy toward North Korea, which was “strategic patience.”
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The former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations wrote in a New York Times op-ed that tolerating Pyongyang’s possession of nuclear weapons could be the “pragmatic” move.
“History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War,” she wrote. “It will require being pragmatic.”
President Trump’s National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, said in contrast last week that the president sees North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons as “intolerable.”
Rice’s recommendations have been pursued by both the current and previous administrations, although North Korea has continued to dismiss U.N. resolutions and bolster its nuclear weapons and missile capabilities.
A 1999 video that surfaced online earlier this week revealed that President Trump suggested almost 20 years ago that the U.S. should’ve been preemptive in dealing with North Korea as a potential nuclear threat.