Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein seemingly delivered an impassioned defense of North Korea on Sunday, saying that the murderous Kim Jong Un regime felt “cornered” into developing nuclear weapons because of actions taken by the United States and South Korea.
During an interview on MSNBC, Stein railed against the United States’ THAAD missile defense system, which protects South Korea from a potential nuclear strike. Stein claimed that the defense system is a “boondoggle” for the weapons industry, even though its track record is “abysmal.” She went on to say that THAAD’s presence has been “destabilizing” in the region.
“It destabilizes the balance of power in that reason,” Stein said. “China, understandably feels like this is a massive radar system being brought in under a trojan horse. The trojan horse is missile defense, which it doesn’t really accomplish, but the reality is that it brings in a very powerful radar system that can be used, essentially, to surveil China.”
The MSNBC anchor cut in and asked Stein what the “alternative” solution should be.
Stein responded by saying that “this system of attempting to coerce North Korea is not working.” She continued by seemingly blaming the U.S. for provoking North Korea to develop nuclear weapons.
“And we’re having sort of a trade off now of provocations between South Korea and the United States versus North Korea. In particular, what North Korea has a problem with are these war exercises, which are basically bombing runs. They are mock nuclear attacks, first strike nuclear attacks, which are being rehearsed by South Korea and the United States,” Stein said.
“The U.S. has had a policy of first nuclear strike against North Korea so any country in their right mind is going to want to develop a nuclear weapon,” she continued.
Stein then revealed the “good thing,” which is that “North Korea, China and Russia have consistently put on the table the offer to suspend any further nuclear test or any further missile test in exchange for the U.S. and South Korea suspending their war games.”
“Then we can sit down and have a diplomatic solution,” Stein said, without mentioning the Obama administration’s policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea, which many say encouraged the Hermit Kingdom to further develop its nuclear capabilities, resulting in the current stalemate.
“You trust that?” the MSNBC anchor asked Stein. “Don’t you blame North Korea at all for its provocations?”
“Absolutely,” Stein replied. “These are provocations on both sides.”
The MSNBC anchor later told Stein that “it sounds as if you are supporting the positions of the North Korea-Russia-China alliance over that of the United States,” which Stein denied.
“Actually, I’m supporting here the position of the South Korean people,” Stein said, adding that the South Korean people are “tired of war,” having “lived under the threat of war for decades now,” ever since the Korean War armistice. She continued:
They don’t even have a peace treaty. The Korean War is still on. There’s an armistice but the people of the Korean peninsula, and especially in South Korea, have lived under the threat of war for decades now. They’re really tired of it. They would like to move ahead by negotiating a peace treaty. And the demonization of North Korea is part of the run-up to regime change. We saw it in Iraq. We saw it in Libya. It’s part of demonizing a government that we then want to exercise regime change on and then what do we get? Look at our track record here. It’s not so good.
Stein was referring to the terrorist vacuum that resulted in both Iraq and Libya following the toppling of dictatorial regimes in each of those Middle Eastern countries.
The MSNBC anchor again challenged Stein by pointing out that North Korea is the country that has recently conducted numerous ballistic missile tests and who have “added the provocation.”
Stein responded by seemingly defending the murderous North Korean regime.
“But remember where that came from. Long before their missile tests, the U.S. was conducting nuclear bombing runs against North Korea. We actually had nuclear weapons until the end of the Cold War. We actually had nuclear weapons stationed in South Korea,” Stein said.
“So this is very frightening to them. They’ve been basically cornered into feeling like they have to develop a nuclear weapon,” Stein added.
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