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What the Cuban missile crisis can tell us about North Korea

The Orange County Register
December 12, 2017
By Tom Campbell

America is facing an international missile crisis with North Korea worse than any we have faced since the 1962 emergency in Cuba. In both, a country hostile to the United States was developing the capability of hitting the U.S. with nuclear missiles. After the Bay of Pigs, Castro and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev wanted to deter any more U.S.-sponsored invasions of Cuba. Kim Jong Un has a similar goal. The axis of evil announced in 2002 by President George W. Bush was comprised of Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. Iran was developing nuclear weapons, so was North Korea; but Iraq was not (its nuclear capability had been destroyed by an Israeli raid in 1981.) The U.S. invaded Iraq, but left untouched the other two “axis members.” Developing a nuclear weapon capability helped them ward off U.S.-sponsored military action.
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