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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Donald Trump's White House is undermining the international system for detecting illicit nuclear activity just as he may be about to need it. U.S. National Security Council adviser John Bolton said in an interview this week with ABC that "we don't have adequate inspections" in Iran, where the International Atomic Energy Agency has established the most comprehensive monitoring regime ever imposed without a military invasion. That's the same United Nations organization that will have to keep track of North Korea's uranium stocks if Trump's efforts to broker an agreement with Kim Jong Un bear fruit.


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"If the idea prevails that the IAEA system isn't strong enough under the most stringent and intrusive safeguards regime in history, then it raises profound questions about the world's confidence in the IAEA and its daily mission," Corey Hinderstein, who led the Department of Energy's Iran Task Force and helped develop the special monitoring program under the Iran nuclear deal, said in an interview.


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It's never a good idea to go against the UN. Karma comes calling for the ones that do.

#1 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-05-15 10:30 PM | Reply

@#1 ... It's never a good idea to go against the UN. Karma comes calling for the ones that do. ...

Beyond that...

The Trump administration, and Pres Trump himself, has been most vociferous regarding the failings of the IAEA and the US intelligence community.

So, that makes me ask the question --- who will Pres Trump rely upon to assure that North Korea is abiding by any agreement that Pres Trump may reach with North Korea?

Are we to rely solely upon Pres Trump's tweets which state the North Korea is abiding by the agreement?

Trust but verify. Who will verify?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-05-15 10:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Are we to rely solely upon Pres Trump's tweets which state the North Korea is abiding by the agreement?"

Maybe we are just supposed to take Kim Jong Un's word for it? Or perhaps Trump will send in a team of Chinese and Russian inspectors, and we'll be told to take their word for it?

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-15 11:08 PM | Reply

I hope that bad things happen to the trump cartel. I laugh when I read reports like this. what really evokes that schadenfreude euphoria is watching trump and his minions paint themselves into corners. and oh how i look forward to Mueller setting the stage for the coup de grace.

#4 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-16 09:35 AM | Reply

Dotard is so getting played by Rocket Man.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2018-05-16 09:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Proves one thing. Bolton is not just crazy, he is also stupid.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-16 09:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

this past sunday bolton was asked about the trump cartels vision for NK...bolton says "we think the libyan plan would be appropriate". bolton is another clown who confuses posturing with considered resolve.

#7 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-16 10:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When asked what was the biggest mistake of the Obama administration, Obama said it was Libya. Bolton is a dope.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-16 11:13 AM | Reply

so he's negotiating with kim..seems to me one of his strongest chips would have been china. now with the ZTE flip flop, made it appears in the context of a large loan directly from the CHICOM government..to trump cartel inc. it would appear china has already been leveraged by what sure looks like a quid pro quo. trump and bolton speaking in absolutes and kim saying that he's not going there, i just don't see how either side proceeds without appearing to lack resolve

#9 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-16 11:48 AM | Reply

It looks to be too late. North Korea called off talks with South Korea and is threatening to call off talks with Trump.

It was all a shame the Republicans fell for despite being warned repeatedly by Democrats and the "liberal" MSM.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-16 12:07 PM | Reply

China's deal to finance Trumps Indonesian project is a deal that China can use to blackmail Trump by withholding the details and threatening to reveal all if Trump doesn't dance to their tune.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-16 12:09 PM | Reply

Something else besides the 'ZTE Waltz'? good time to revisit the kushners soliciting 500k real estate investments in exchange for visas or ivankas' recently granted manufacturing concessions. where is the republican leadership?

#12 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-16 12:17 PM | Reply

Ironic. Conservatives who talked up Trump's plans with NKorea are suddenly silent now that it is falling apart....

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-16 03:32 PM | Reply

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