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Former Obama National Security Adviser: We Can ‘Tolerate’ Nukes in North Korea

Susan Rice wrote, in a new op-ed for The New York Times, that the U.S. “can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.”

Susan Rice

Susan Rice, President Obama’s former national security adviser (2013-2017) and ambassador to the United Nations (2009-2013), wrote in The New York Times on Thursday that the U.S. “can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.”

Rice spent most of the op-ed criticizing President Trump’s rhetoric towards North Korea, and offering her thoughts on the crisis. But one paragraph in particular sticks out:

But war is not necessary to achieve prevention, despite what some in the Trump administration seem to have concluded. History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War.

North Korea has threatened the U.S. mainland, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam as of late.

Rice is having a rough year since her boss’ preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost in 2016.

  • She is at the center of an “unmask[ing]” controversy concern members of Donald Trump’s campaign and transition team
  • She has chosen roasting Trump on Twitter over appearing before a Senate subcommittee on Russian interference, at the request of fellow Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • She has bashed Trump for seeing “only threats” around the world, even though many accuse her team at the Obama White House of turning a blind eye to threats from North Korea, Syria, Iran, and more

The current president and his team will likely disagree with Rice that the U.S. can tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.