It’s smart to remain skeptical of any denuclearization promises by North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un. But even the biggest skeptics have to admit that if this is just theater, it’s a pretty convincing production so far.
Saturday, North Korea announced that it will conclude its dismantling of a nuclear test site later this month by exploding all the tunnels. And to prove they’re being transparent, they’re opening up their notoriously restricted airspace and inviting journalists from the US, South Korea, China, Russia and Great Britain to watch (American journalists had better hope this isn't a trap, or else they'll be dependent on President Trump to bring them back. Good luck!) Granted, that site is falling apart anyway, but this is still an encouraging sign.
But as encouraging as that is, there is a breaking, unconfirmed report that might be even bigger news. Journalist Babak Taghvaee claims that his source inside Iran Defense Industries says that North Korean scientists and engineers who were helping Iran develop ballistic missiles have left Iran. This would be a major development because Taghvaee says Iran was dependent on North Korea to help them build short- and medium range ballistic missiles.
This has yet to be verified by any major news agencies, but if true, then it could mean that by forcing North Korea to join the ranks of civilized, non-nuclear states, President Trump set up a bank shot that also knocked the foundations out from under Iran’s nuclear missile ambitions. Is there such a thing as a Double-Nobel Peace Prize?
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