At the annual “Conversation with the Carters” held at the Carter Center in Atlanta, we got an interesting viewpoint on the ongoing crisis in North Korea from a former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. Let’s look at what the 92 year-old former president had to say about how the Trump Administration should handle the issue.
When asked what he would do to manage the North Korean nuclear threat if he was president today (at the 43 minute 3 second mark), here is his response:
“I’m going to say something which you probably won’t like. The first thing that I would do would be to treat the North Koreans with respect. I would be talking to them. I’ve been over there three times myself to deal with the leaders of North Korea. I’ve been out in the boondocks in North Korea, little villages where they didn’t even know that we were going to see about the distribution of food because people were starving over there. Their allocation of calories for a grown man was only 700 per day and as you know a diet is about 1400 per day for one man. SO, we have refused to talk to them since George W. Bush was in office, George Bush Junior, and Obama refused to have any discussions with the North Koreans even though I went over there twice when he was in office and urged him to talk to them. I know what the North Koreans want. The North Koreans want a peace treaty with the United States. We’ve only had a ceasefire since the Korean War was over. I was in a submarine in the Atlantic when the Korean War was going on, I remember very it vividly. We only have a ceasefire, we don’t have a treaty with them. What they want is a firm treaty guaranteeing North Korea that the United States will not attack them or hurt them in any way unless they attack one of their neighbours, notably South Korea. But the United States has refused to do that and I think that’s what I would do, is to work with the North Koreans. I would send my top person to Pyongyang immediately if I didn’t go myself to the North Koreans about how to defuse the issue. Until we are willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings, which they are, then I don’t think that we’re going to make any progress.” (my bold)
In case you are interested, here is a link to President Carter’s entire address. He touches on a wide range of current subjects including Ukraine and Russia, Syria and ISIS its recruitment of young warriors, Columbia and FARC, women’s legal rights in developing nations, the fight to eradicate the Guinea worm among other issues.
President Carter has far more experience dealing with North Korea than anyone in the current administration. The fact that the Kim family has seen this:
…happen to leaders who crossed the United States, it is no wonder that Kim Jong-un is constantly threatening the United States with his own version of hellfire.
While President Carter’s advice to treat North Korea with respect makes logical sense, it certainly doesn’t play into the plans of the military-industrial-technology complex (aka the Deep State) which thrives on a constant state of war, probably why his recent comments on the issue received almost no press coverage from the American mainstream media.