US Response to Iran:Pyongyang Has 3 Major Reasons to Be Concerned

By Chad Carroway

Recently, an unexpected missile strike by the U.S. military resulted in the death of Iran's top General, Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 2. President Donald J. Trump ordered the strike, he also attached a message to North Korean regime. Without debate, the experts on foreign policy could set you and I down at a large roundtable and enlighten us. For the sake of time, I just wanted to list the main takeaways if I could. To keep matters relative, there are three key fact that I have discovered from recent reporting that are closely related to the strategic neutralization of the Iranian terrorist. All three of these point concern the impact from North Korea will never recover. For the sake of U.S. foreign interests and national safety, that is certainly best.

Let's quickly consider several of the results/contributions of Soleimani's vaporizing moment...

  1. The cash flow... that streams into Pyongyang — 10 percent of North Korea's GDP 1which will have deep-seated economic and political ramifications for the communist regime.

  2. The missiles... launched by Iran on Jan. 8 in retalion of the terrorist's demise also implicates the North Korean leadership. Even though they didn't harm any U.S. or Iraqi forces, it is strongly believed that the intelligent projectile is a copy of the North Korean (Hwasong-6) missile. The model is believed to be a (Qiam) version used by the QUDS Iranian force, which is patterned after the NK short-range ballistic weapon.

  3. The action... taken by the U.S. President and his administration.

    There is a simple message to Pyongyang:

    “there is a limit to U.S. patience,“2

If this is how Trump dealt with Soleimani and is sanctioning Iran, then what lies in wait for a testy North Korean regime that may wish to push the envelope of foreign muscle? After all, just this past December the U.S. was promised a “Christmas Gift” from Pyongyang. As I shared in the beginning of this piece, there are many other points that we could cover, but there is an old saying…”Speak softly and carry a big stick”.

Consider the billions of dollars the POTUS is adding defense spending to our defense budget, to our Pacific forces. One reassuring fact is evident, the leader of the free world pulled the United States out of the Iran three years ago for a wise purpose and it is definitely speaking loudly to other dangerous foes of our great nation in other parts of the world as well. “Iran failed to protect America's na- tional security interests” and “en- abled its malign behavior, while at best delaying its ability to pursue nuclear weapons and allowing it to preserve nuclear research and development,” according to the White House.

Maybe by not speaking much at all, just showing up in force when needed is more than enough to convince North Korea and others in this world.


1 As reported by Gordon Chang, commentator and author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” to the Epoch Times 2 Mark Cancian, a senior adviser with the Center for Strategic and International Studies' International Security Program, told The Epoch Times