Kerry: If North Korea has a nuke, why, that would be a problem

posted at 2:21 pm on December 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

How’s this for a confidence-builder as John Kerry prepares to sign off on a deal with Iran that will supposedly keep the mullahcracy from developing their own nuclear weapons? In an interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, the Secretary of State appears unaware that North Korea has repeatedly proven itself to have nuclear weapons with three tests of its devices. Instead, Kerry talks about the DPRK regime “potentially” having nuclear weapons in the middle of discussing the show trial and execution of the new Dear Leader’s uncle:

“I mean it really reminded me of — of a video that we saw of Saddam Hussein doing the same thing, having people plucked out of an audience and people sitting there sweating and nobody daring to move or do anything,” said Kerry, according to the transcript provided by ABC News. “Um, this is the nature of this ruthless, horrendous dictatorship and of his insecurities.  And — and I think we — we need to factor that into the urgency of getting China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, all of us, uh, to stay on the same page and to put as much effort into the denuclearization as possible.  To have a nuclear weapon, potentially, in the hands of somebody like Kim Jong In — Jun — just becomes even more unacceptable.”

Actually, it’s Kim Jong Un, and those weapons are already in his hands, as his execution of his uncle makes pretty darned clear.  Furthermore, Michael Warren notes that the State Department briefed Kerry on the last nuclear test in advance, calling him “well-prepared.” Well prepared is not the same as well informed, in this case.  The issue in North Korea isn’t “denuclearization” as it is in Iran by demanding the closure of breeder reactors and centrifuge farms for weapons-grade enrichment of fissile material, but nuclear disarmament of weapons Pyongyang already has built.

And Kerry may need another briefing soon, too:

“Given the latest development in the North, it is uncertain to what directions its political situations would evolve,” South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said in a meeting with advisors on Monday.

“We also can’t rule out the possibility of contingencies such as reckless provocations,” she said, urging the military to step up vigilance near the heavily fortified border with the North.

In the past, North Korea has staged nuclear or missile tests around important political dates. On Monday, thousands of North Korean propaganda leaflets fell on the frontline island of Baengnyeong , warning of an attack on South Korean soldiers stationed there, Yonhap news agency said.

 

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For all the leftists, and their RINO enablers, on domestic and foreign policy.

Schadenfreude on December 16, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Just a good Democrat.

Keep it simple.

Useful traitor not much else.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Hillary must really hate this horse’s azz.

Schadenfreude on December 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

We’re in the best hands.

Murphy9 on December 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

It makes the reporter look stupid, too. She should have called Kerry down. It was one stupid person interviewing another stupid person.

BillCarson on December 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Ich bin ein pimp.

Ich bin ein gigolo.

Schadenfreude on December 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

JFKerry, probably not who the Founders had in mind when they created a citizen government.

This shhite-head is the SoS of all people, the frickin’ S.O.S, oh man.

Bishop on December 16, 2013 at 2:27 PM

To have a nuclear weapon, potentially, in the hands of somebody like Kim Jong In — Jun —…..

Did Kemosabe just insult Native Americans?

DaveDief on December 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Details… details.

Hill60 on December 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

These people are idiots and this will not end well.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Reality-based.

M240H on December 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

the Secretary of State appears unaware that North Korea has repeatedly proven itself to have nuclear weapons with three tests of its devices. Instead, Kerry talks about the DPRK regime “potentially” having nuclear weapons in the middle of discussing the show trial and execution of the new Dear Leader’s uncle:

I don’t know if Obama is madder over foreign policy or over Obamacare.

Nice to see that Kerry is back in Vietnam after his memorable Christmas there in 1969.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

JFKerry, probably not who the Founders had in mind when they created a citizen government.

This shhite-head is the SoS of all people, the frickin’ S.O.S, oh man.

Bishop on December 16, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Tory.

M240H on December 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

And this guy was a court decision away from the football. SMH

dddave on December 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I, for one, welcome our North Korean overlords. Well, really only these ones.

whatcat on December 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Dumb power…

PatriotRider on December 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Halp us Jon Karry! We r stuk i irak!

Pqlyur1 on December 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Dumb people all around. Fox and all spent hours talking about nothing.

Schadenfreude on December 16, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Yeah, goodie…judge displays a set.

Schadenfreude on December 16, 2013 at 2:46 PM

As long as North Koreans are not acting like this- “razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan”, I think Kerry is ok with them.

anikol on December 16, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Dems still think Jon Cary passes the Global Test. Might as well have Dennis Rodman as Secretary of State.

Christien on December 16, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Secretary of State Herman Munster, ladies and gentlemen—lets give him a round of applause!”

Someone needs to put a little juice into his neck bolts: the transplanted brain is moving a little slow, methinks.

orangemtl on December 16, 2013 at 2:50 PM

orangemtl on December 16, 2013 at 2:50 PM

He’s Lurch. You rang, Pyongyang?

Christien on December 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

TOP.

MEN.


Rixon on December 16, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Every time I hear Kerry, I can’t help but remember the botched balloon drop.

Christien on December 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

It’s clueless and feckless to just keep hoping the croc will eat you last…

This Administration has far more in common with the nations and despots who hate / are at war with us and all we stand for than they do with our friends, our allies, and our values.

Like with the naive idiots of the 1930′s – the risk of catastrophic war is increasing not decreasing. If you fail to learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it.

Athos on December 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM

On the bright side, the fools comment probably pissed off Lil’ Kim.

JusDreamin on December 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM

If you wanted to be charitable, you might interpret Kerry’s reference to the Norks having a nuclear “weapon” as an actual, deliverable warhead, rather than the large, crude test devices they have presumably detonated to date.

But, then, why would we want to be charitable with Lurch?

Hayabusa on December 16, 2013 at 3:01 PM

And this guy was a court decision away from the football. SMH

dddave on December 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I think you’ve got the wrong idiot.

kcewa on December 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM

“like Kim Jong In — Jun”

Kerry probably was recently singing, “I like NK In June..How about you?”

shick on December 16, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Did you know he served in Vietnam?

antisocial on December 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Did anyone ever think John Kerry was an intelligent person?

Remember “Jenghis Khan?”

In a true meritocracy, he would be begging on the street. He is where he is today ONLY because he was born to wealth and privilege and attached himself closely to the Kennedy family and the wealthiest widows he could find.

If everyone who voted for him blew their brains out tonight, it would raise the average IQ of America by 20 points tomorrow.

Adjoran on December 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Gee and there I was thinking the guy who worried about Guam flipping over and the chick who talked about our landing on Mars were stupid.

We are seriously screwed. Complete abject ignoramuses are in charge.

dogsoldier on December 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

To have a nuclear weapon, potentially, in the hands of somebody like Kim Jong In — Jun — just becomes even more unacceptable.”

Maybe Kim Jong Jun is a relative of Jenjis Khan.

And John Kerry needs to spend THIS Christmas in Cambodia, and leave diplomacy to the adults in the room, if there are any in the White House.

Steve Z on December 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

The purblind ideologues are in charge.

Huzzah!

profitsbeard on December 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I never sweated our enemies much except once on a night ambush but these clowns have me worried.They have become the enemy.

docflash on December 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM

We are seriously screwed. Complete abject ignoramuses are in charge.

dogsoldier on December 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I am more worried about the complete abject ignoramuses who ELECTED the complete abject ignoramuses in charge.

NOMOBO on December 16, 2013 at 3:43 PM

What are the odds that this unbelievably ignorant statement, by someone with the power of the Secretary of State, will be hashed over and ridiculed in the same manner as Megan Kelly’s “Santa Claus” comment was?

Mimzey on December 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Kerry would make a good warhead! That is all he fit for.

inspectorudy on December 16, 2013 at 3:46 PM

I am more worried about the complete abject ignoramuses who ELECTED the complete abject ignoramuses in charge.

NOMOBO on December 16, 2013 at 3:43 PM

If you want to be really worried about pecking order and structure of this Golum that is the Obama administration, read Michelle Malkin’s “Culture of Corruption” if you haven’t read it.

We are living under a system of organized crime imo.

Mimzey on December 16, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Hillary must really hate this horse’s azz.

Schadenfreude on December 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I read somewhere that Krazy Kim’s father was distracted by ogling the legs of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was not generally recognized as a woman of great beauty. If Krazy Kim III has similar tastes, Her Thighness may charm him into nuclear disarmament wearing a mini-skirt, which probably wouldn’t work for John Kerry in boxers.

Former President George W. Bush missed his big chance at disarming the Norks by not sending Condi Rice to meet with Krazy Kim in a short skirt…

Steve Z on December 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

I have a suggestion…why don’t we figuratively “nuke” this entire administration and start all over withOUT any of the usual players, no Clintons, No Bush’s, no Kennedy’s or Kerry’s, no Dean, no Biden…let’s have Americans write in candidates, and the candidates who run gets no campaign funds from either party, he/she just runs on their word. Doink. Sorry, must have been napping.

scalleywag on December 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Inspector Clouseau.

fogw on December 16, 2013 at 4:02 PM

fogw on December 16, 2013 at 4:02 PM

“That’s not my dog.”

Aplombed on December 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Wow…. our best and brightest sure are dumb as dirt.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 16, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Yes, Virginia, John Kerry really is a moron.

justltl on December 16, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Ich bin ein Scheißkopf…

- John Kerry

affenhauer on December 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Kerry would make a good warhead! That is all he fit for.
inspectorudy on December 16, 2013 at 3:46 PM

It would have be a dummy warhead, a dud.

whatcat on December 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

“When I said potenitally in his hands, I was of course joking. Have you seen his hands? They’re really, really small.” John F. Kerry

Barnestormer on December 16, 2013 at 6:02 PM

You’ll have to pardon Johnny, Ol’ Splash isn’t around any more to keep him out of trouble, or opening his mouth to show how stupid he really is.

GarandFan on December 16, 2013 at 6:06 PM

To have a nuclear weapon, potentially, in the hands of somebody like Kim Jong In — Jun — just becomes even more unacceptable.”

UM, Kerry, that ship has sailed.

What is now unacceptable is NK having long range ballistic missiles capable of reaching Hawaii or the west coast by 2015/16.

We will be facing nuclear blackmail.

MichaelGabriel on December 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

He comes off as a half wit.

jake49 on December 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

You all DO know that he’s gonna run right?

JohnnyMojo on December 16, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Horse-faced ketchup-for-brains.

Kafir on December 16, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Did you know he served in Vietnam?

antisocial on December 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

AND he spent Christmas in Cambodia; at the orders of President Nixon.
Don’t doubt it, either. He’s got The Hat to prove it.

Solaratov on December 16, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Don’t worry John. They don’t.

For some reason, these screwy rogue nations keep putting all their enriched uranium into a hole in the ground and setting it off.

Until the figure out not to do that, we’re safe.

Go back to windsurfing.

WryTrvllr on December 17, 2013 at 5:14 AM

This man almost became our President.
Ugh.

TimBuk3 on December 17, 2013 at 9:26 AM

According to Bill O’Really. John Kerry is an honest man

BruceB on December 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

I was curious how the media was reporting this and was not shocked when I found the only mentions on conservative sites and two UK papers. The only MSM stories, on Newsmax and CBS go so far as to lie, quoting him as saying it is unacceptable that N Korea has nuclear weapons, skipping right over the potential part.

Can you imagine the entertainment, the battle of wits, between Biden and Kerry if Hillary has health issues and doesn’t run? They could do the debates on Pay-per-view and fund SS for an extra year.

Madisonian on December 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The SOS is a mental-midget who figures out the angles and works the system to his personal advantage.
Does anyone know if there has ever been a person who spent 4 months ‘in country’ and was (self) awarded: TWO SILVER STARS and and THREE PURPLE HEARTS?
And by virtue of combat hazards (3PH’s) was systematically removed from ‘line duty’ and set HOME? ANYONE? Bueller, Bueller?
I’m still waiting for John F’ing Kerry to sign (release) is military records (DD-214). He did PROMISE to do this when he was running for president, oh, what was it … over 9 YEARS AGO?

As for the NEW and IMPROVED SOS (compared to THE KILLERY) there was a Maj.Gen. during a press conference who after hearing idiot question after idiot question from the Presstitutes said the following: Don’t get stuck on stupid.
This is a perfect description of the Kerry Condition.

Missilengr on December 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM