No…North Korea’s getting help? Who would have thought.
(From The Hill)
Admiral James Stavridis, a former NATO supreme allied commander, in an interview on Sunday said North Korea is likely receiving outside help from allies like China, Russia or Iran as it races to develop its weapons arsenal.
“You’ve got to think that at least part of it is coming from either China or Russia and I have no evidence of that, but the idea that [Kim Jong Un] would simply be developing this on an indigenous basis within his own population of scientists simply seems unlikely given how fast it’s moving,” Stavridis told radio show host John Catsimatidis on 970 AM in New York.
“It could also be cooperation between Iran and North Korea, which we do know has occurred in this nuclear space” Stavridis continued. He added that “it’s fair to say there is some level of outside engagement that has been helpful to his program.”
Stavridis said China will have to decide whether it is going to stand by or stand up against North Korea as tensions escalate.
This last point is the most important bit for those of us watching things from this side of the Pacific.