When a Democratic President loses the New York Times, things are not good. A Big Blast in North Korea, and Big Questions on U.S. Policy – The New York Times
For more than seven years, President Obama has adopted a policy of gradually escalating sanctions that the White House once called “strategic patience.” But the test on Friday — the North’s fifth and most powerful blast yet, perhaps with nearly twice the strength of its last one — eliminates any doubt that that approach has failed and that the North has mastered the basics of detonating a nuclear weapon.
This probably marks the end of Nuclear non-proliferation, since I can’t believe that the South will do nothing. I also can’t believe that the North won’t sell the tech, unless the Chinese have established some limits somewhere.
The Administration will push for more sanctions, because they have no plan except more talking. But it is pointless, since the Chinese are not interested in sanctions, and there appears to be a lot trade between China and North Korea, which share a border.
And in case you are thinking this can’t possibly impact us, well North Korea has tested submarine-launched missiles that could carry an atomic weapon.
Time to dust off plans for the fallout shelters.
Here is a history of the agreements between North Korea and the US. They were negotiated by Bill Clinton and company, but they fell apart pretty quickly when we determined that they were cheating around the edges of the agreement.