U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently cited the foreign policy failures of three past Presidencies in regards to North Korea and has suggested a strategy used by President Ronald Reagan in dealing with Iran.
“Not so long ago, an American president inherited an international arms control agreement negotiated by his predecessor,” Haley stated to a crowd at The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club.
“Our North Korea policy is not a victim of our Iran policy. North Korea is a cautionary tale that should inform our Iran policy,” Haley said. “Leaving the Iran deal unchanged sends Kim Jong Un an unmistakable message that the United States can be bought with a bad deal that does not end the threat of its nuclear missile program, a deal just like the Iran deal.”
Trump did not withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but rather proposed the U.S. and allies fix the deal and make it more effective. He called on Congress and U.S. allies to take a tougher stance against Iran and to demand more access by international nuclear inspectors.
The Trump administration contends Iran has not complied with the spirit of the deal. Trump is punting the issue to Congress under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which authorizes 60 days to determine if the U.S. should reimpose sanctions.
The Trump administration has a four-part strategy: working with allies to combat the Islamist regime’s support for terrorism in the Middle East; placing additional non-nuclear-related sanctions on the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that would not violate the Joint Comprehensive Plan; addressing the proliferation of missiles and weapons; and denying Tehran any path to a nuclear weapon.
Haley said Reagan demonstrated to the Soviet Union that he had the “strength and skill to drive a hard bargain” and produced an effective arms control treaty by the end of his presidency.
“Reagan continued negotiating with the Soviets, but did so from a position of strength,” Haley said. “The principle that Reagan understood was that the U.S. showing strength and leadership made the world safer.”