Executive Speech 230: Speech on North Korea Nuclear Proliferation

President Cincinnati Eleden gave this speech on August 12, 2007 to the American public on primetime television.

"Good evening, my fellow Americans,
This is a trying time for our country, as we grapple with our own mortality as a nation and seek to face the threats that emerge against us. Earlier today, North Korea, a backwards nation with the fourth largest armed forces in the world, successfully tested a nuclear device for the first time.

The United States of America cannot, shall not and will not stand for this. We will do our best to avoid war, but we shall not allow the proliferation of nuclear arms by irresponsible nations. Wars have been made through the decisions of warmongers, and through the deliberations of the weak. We shall not seek a war, yet we shall never show any weakness, for we are strong, and united against the North Korean government.

The world community must show the same, strong and united front. I have directed our United Nations Ambassador to introduce a UN Security Council resolution condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the actions of the North Korean government, and imposing strict trade and travel sanctions on the country.

I have also ordered our Armed Forces to DEFCON 4, which includes increased intelligence gathering. As the North Korean problem continues, intelligence gathering will be vital to our nation’s security.

While we must place our own security first and foremost, we must take some responsibility for the cycle of proliferation around the world. Our nuclear stockpile has forced North Korea and other countries we have labeled "rogue nations" to develop nuclear stockpiles of their own. Once a nation has been declared our enemy, their only hope is to somehow procure nuclear arms, in the hope that we will be deterred from invading them. By beginning to dismantle our nuclear weapon systems now and pressuring other nations to do so, it will show the international community that nuclear weapons will no longer be tolerated. If we wish to see a nuclear-free world, we must be the change we wish to see in the world.

Finally, I want to speak to the people of North Korea. Whether these words will reach them is doubtful, as North Korea has the most heavily censored news media in the world. North Koreans should not be afraid to take a stand against their oppressors and unshackle themselves, just as the American people did, early in the 18th century, against our much less brutal oppressors. Let America’s example shine for North Korea, as it has for so many other nations and peoples.

Thank you, good night and God Bless America."