Diplo­macy needed on nu­clear threats

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s bel­li­cose threats against North Korea and Iran are dan­ger­ous. Ev­ery mem­ber of Con­gress should speak out to sup­port diplo­macy and stop Trump’s march to war.

I hope U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono will do ev­ery­thing in their power to save the Iran deal from sab­o­tage by the White House. The pres­i­dent’s ac­tions send sig­nals to other na­tions.

End­ing or un­der­min­ing the Iran deal will send the mes­sage to North Korea and the rest of the world that, even when a coun­try like Iran is sub­jected to the most rig­or­ous in­spec­tion regime to en­sure it never de­vel­ops nu­clear weapons, the U.S. won’t hold up its end of the bar­gain. We al­ready have one nu­clear cri­sis. Let’s not man­u­fac­ture an­other one, and let’s use diplo­macy to re­solve both.

Jac­qui Skil La­haina

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