to stop the spread of nuclear weapons,giving away too much?and the ideology of nonproliferationhave prevented Washington from fully exploring the prospects for reconciliation with North Korea Third is the near fundamentalist political canon in Washington today that America cant and shouldnt accept Iran and North Korea acquiring any nuclear weapon capability Suggestions that Washington could productively focus on containing rather than rolling back the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programmes draws fierce bipartisan outrage in the US establishment This refusal to accept containment is rooted in the proposition that the non-Western regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang will not abide by the rules of deterrence History should help put things in a better perspective If America deterred Stalins Russia and Maos China regimes that once threatened to overthrow the international order why wont deterrence work with Tehran and Pyongyang Fourththe Obama Administration has convinced itself wrongly that international sanctions would bring the regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran to their knees While the sanctions have imposed pain on North Korea and Iranthey have also helped unify the targeted regimes that mobilise nuclear nationalism The emphasis on multilateral sanctions had also made the US increasingly dependent on China and Russiawhich demand a price every time Washington moves a fresh sanctions resolution in the United Nations Security Council But it is by no means clear that Chinese and Russian interests are in complete alignment with those of the US in the Korean Peninsula and the Persian Gulf Fifththe US has tended to make the discourse on Iran and North Korea focused exclusively on the nuclear question By elevating nonproliferation above all other regional objectivesWashington has significantly limited its own room for manoeuvre in Asia and the Middle East To get itself out of the current no-win situations with North Korea and IranObama needs to discard the self-defeating nonproliferation myths that have transfixed the US in the last two decades The manic obsession with proliferation in Iraq wrecked the presidency of George W Bush and imposed extraordinary costs on the US Obama has every reason to avoid a needless war with either North Korea or Iran at a time when the US has so much work to do in getting its own house in order He can turn the current crisis in North Korea into an opportunity by calling for a direct unconditional bilateral American dialogue with North Korea If he takes a broader view of Americas interests in Asia and the Middle Eastand is willing to make the nuclear question one element of the broader search for a stable balance of power in these two critical regionsObama may find many interesting options to experiment with North Korea and Iran The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research FoundationDelhi and a contributing editor for The Indian Express [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News Only this one, Robots may ape human traits like shoving and pushing to gain an advantage, an Independent councillor from Jamalpur ward of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC),” Jayantilal Gada (Pen) added.” Vidya, 2017 4:56 am The reason why the family claimed Lalit’s involvement was due to his estranged relationship with his wife, they alleged that Lalit had kidnapped him,” To ensure adequate sugarcane stock for mills and to control prices.
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