10:01 AM, May 18, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
John Kerry is hoping to offer North Korea "a more legitimate entry road to the global community and to the norms of international behavior." The example the secretary of state has for the rogue regime? Iran.
"The United States has said many times, and I repeat today, we are not seeking conflict; we are seeking a peaceful resolution of the differences that still exist after so many years on the peninsula. We have offered humanitarian assistance. We offer the possibilities of a normal relationship with normal economic assistance and other kinds of engagement with the rest of the world if he will simply make the decision to come to the table and deal on the issue of his nuclear program," Kerry told the press in response to a question about whether U.S. policy toward North Korea would change.
"There is a stark comparison between the direction in which he is moving and the direction in which Iran has chosen to move, at least to this moment. And our hopes are that if we can, at the end of June, succeed in achieving an agreement with Iran, perhaps that can serve as an example to North Korea about a better way to move, a better way to try to behave, a more legitimate entry road to the global community and to the norms of international behavior."
Kerry made the comments at a press conference Seoul, South Korea.
The Iranian people hate the regime. May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33 • By MICHAEL LEDEEN
Iran is on the march all over the world, from Syria and Iraq to Venezuela and Cuba (where they have a Hezbollah base). Except when they unceremoniously retreat, as in recent days when their flotilla to Yemen turned around when they saw the U.S. Navy.
There’s a lesson there: If you want the Iranian regime to be less bellicose, aim a gun at its temple. Better yet, threaten the survival of the regime itself. You don’t need aircraft carriers or airplanes or even special forces. All you need is the will to support a free Iran.
8:06 AM, Nov 11, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi has been imprisoned in his native land since 2006. In a statement on November 7, he announced a hunger strike from his cell in Tehran’s Evin House of Detention, notorious for the political and spiritual dissidents held and abused there.
Talking to Michael Rubin about his new book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging with Rogue Regimes.9:31 AM, Feb 22, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School, has just published a very timely book— especially for anyone interested in the likely success of the Obama administration’s diplomatic engagement with Iran.
1:41 PM, Jan 22, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
The Middle East Media Research Institute translates a recent article by Saudi columnist Khalaf Al-Harbi, published in the Saudi government daily Okaz, arguing that the number of Arabs Ariel Sharon “killed is nowhere near that of those who died at the hands of Arab rulers, especially since the onset of the Arab Spring.”
Merrill Newman’s reminder: don’t go to North Korea.2:46 PM, Dec 2, 2013 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
In recent years, as its regime has been increasingly hemmed in by sanctions, North Korea has encouraged foreign tourists to visit the country. Unfortunately, it’s been working—nearly 10,000 Westerners now travel to the North Korea each year. One of them, 85-year-old Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, California, has been detained there for the last several weeks.
9:14 AM, Nov 14, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The United States is giving an additional $30 million to help aid those affected by the Syria crisis, the State Department announced today. This means total U.S. assistance to help with this crisis is now nearly $200 million.
11:50 AM, Nov 9, 2012 • By LEE SMITH
The Washington Post is reporting that an article published on the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence website suggests that Tehran is open to talks. According to the Post, the document is a “sober analysis assessing the possible threat of a military confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program and highlighting the benefits of negotiations to avert a deeper crisis.”
4:59 PM, Oct 23, 2012 • By LIANCHAO HAN
During Monday night’s presidential debate, the candidates beat their breasts vying to be tougher on China. Barack Obama pointed to his accomplishments, while Mitt Romney attacked the president for being afraid to label China a currency manipulator. The amount of time devoted to America’s largest creditor and potential enemy shows that managing the relationship with China is critical for whoever sits in the Oval Office.
12:19 PM, Dec 21, 2011 • By LEE SMITH
This morning, the White House released a statement regarding further atrocities committed by the Syrian regime.
4:04 PM, Nov 29, 2011 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
The attack on the British embassy in Tehran came just days after the Iranian “parliament” voted to expel the British ambassador, and therefore reeks of official complicity. The attack—complete with an invasion of the grounds, looting, and a brief hostage-taking—is an always useful reminder of the nature of the regime in Tehran. These are thugs, whatever their religious titles.
Much time wasted trying to celebrate the Fourth of July with the Iranians.7:04 PM, Jul 3, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last year, Barack Obama and his crack foreign policy team (Valerie Jarrett? David Axelrod?) came up with a grand strategy for dealing with the Iranians: hot dog diplomacy. Here was the plan: Host Iranian diplomats for Fourth of July barbecues at American embassies across the globe. This good will effort, the theory went, would do wonders for America's relations with the mullahs, by engaging them rather than standing-up to them.
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