Days after North Korea threatened the United States with their nuclear weapons, President Obama is set to spend Thursday facing challenges in Asia that range from North Korea’s nuclear weapons to China’s military and territorial ambitions.
According to USA Today, Obama will be holding private meetings with world leaders from Japan, South Korea, and China, in sessions devoted mainly to North Korea’s nukes.
“We continue to face the threat from North Korean provocations,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. “We have to take necessary measures to protect ourselves and our allies.”
This morning, Obama held a joint meeting with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea President Park Geun-Hye. Though Abe and Hye are rivals, they are united in their fears of North Korea, who recently conducted a fourth nuclear bomb test and launched a long-range rocket into space.
Dan Kritenbrink, senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council, told reporters he expects Obama, Abe, and Park to “clearly demonstrate their unity in our commitment and our firm resolve to deter and defend against North Korean aggression.”
Obama also inflicted his ridiculous agendas on the leaders when he halted their meeting to lecture them about climate change.
While we’re glad Obama is finally addressing the North Korean threat, it may be too late. As usual, Obama has waited too long to take action, and the consequences could be dire for us all.