North Korean Missile Test Reveals U.S. Double Standard Print
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Posted by Joan Russow
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:32

 

by David Krieger

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation December 12 2012

 

From Vandenberg Air Force

 U.S. policy makers reacted strongly to North Korea’s launch of a long-range missile on December 12. U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor called it “another example of North Korea’s pattern of irresponsible behavior.”

 

 

U.S. officials had a similarly strong response to North Korea’s nuclear test in 2009. At that time, President Obama said, “North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose a grave threat to the peace and security of the world, and I strongly condemn their reckless action.”

 

Sen. John Kerry, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said after North Korea’s 2009 nuclear test, “North Korea’s leaders have yet to realize that the only way for them to achieve genuine security is to abandon their pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.”

 

At the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, we believe that the above comments by U.S. officials could be appropriately made regarding not only North Korea, but all countries, including the U.S., that possess nuclear weapons and possess and test long-range missiles as delivery devices for nuclear weapons.

 

Following today’s missile launch by North Korea, David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, said, “We condemn all long-range missile testing, including the recent launch by North Korea. However, we see North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs as indistinguishable from the missile testing pro! grams of the other eight nuclear weapon states. Why does the US characterize North Korea’s long-range missile test as ‘highly provocative’ while treating U.S. long-range missile tests, such as those launched regularly from Vandenberg Air Force Base, as business as usual?”

 

Krieger continued, “This double standard makes no sense and is not acceptable. The U.S. should be leading a global effort to negotiate a ban not only on long-range missiles tests but on long-range missiles themselves, and on a new treaty for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, the only weapons capable of destroying civilization. Rather than focusing on North Korea, the U.S. should bring the issue o! f a global ban on long-range missiles and nuclear weapons to the UN Se curity Council for action. Such leadership by the U.S. would constitute the responsible behavior that is needed to prevent the further spread and use of nuclear weapons.”

 

 

 

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan international organization based in Santa Barbara, California. It has consultative status to the United Nations. For 30 years, the Foundation’s mission has been to educate and advocate for ! peace and a world free of nuclear weapons, and to empower peace leaders. For more information, visit www.wagingpeace.org or call (805) 965-3443.