The North Korean nuclear standoff is at a boiling point.
Kim Jong-Un refuses to back down on developing nuclear weapons.
Now the Trump administration just announced support for a once unthinkable policy.
For decades, American Presidents have kicked the can down the road with North Korea.
The most recent example was Barack Obama’s failed policy of “strategic patience.”
That culminated with the rogue government successfully testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit targets as far away as Alaska.
Now the Trump administration is drastically changing course.
And the most jaw-dropping example was CIA Director Mike Pompeo announcing his support for a regime change in North Korea.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday evening offered some of the most aggressive comments yet from the Trump administration with regard to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
Although Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has in the past said the U.S. was against forcing Kim out of power or the collapse of his government, Pompeo said that the administration needed to find a way to separate Kim from his growing nuclear stockpile.
“It would be a great thing to denuclearize the peninsula, to get those weapons off of that, but the thing that is most dangerous about it is the character who holds the control over them today,” Pompeo said in a discussion moderated by conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens at the Aspen Security Forum.
He continued, “So from the administration’s perspective, the most important thing we can do is separate those two. Right? Separate capacity and someone who might well have intent and break those two apart.”
Pompeo said both the intelligence community and the Department of Defense have been tasked with drafting plans for what “ultimately needs to be achieved” with regard to the North Korean nuclear threat.
When asked if he meant he was advocating regime change, Pompeo denied that was necessarily what he was talking about but seemed to suggest advocating Kim’s ouster. He said he believed the U.S. could tackle “every piece” of the North Korean threat.
“As for the regime, I am hopeful we will find a way to separate that regime from this system,” Pompeo said. “The North Korean people I’m sure are lovely people and would love to see him go.”
Kim Jon-Un’s nuclear weapons program has pushed the world to the brink of thermonuclear war.
The United States will not accept North Korea holding the world hostage by developing nuclear weapons that can strike any place on the globe.
But before any steps towards war are taken, the Trump administration is giving diplomacy a chance.
Trump has worked with the President of China to bring Beijing around toward using their influence to pressure North Korea to drop their program.
So far, North Korea has not attempted their sixth nuclear weapons test.
So the effort has paid some dividends.
But developing a weapon that can survive the re-entry trip into earth’s atmosphere was a major step for North Korea.
Their final hurdle is building an ICBM that can handle a nuclear warhead.
That is a red line Trump will not allow them to cross.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.