Here is a common-sense approach to the nuclear threat from Iran and North Korea. Advise Russia and China that because of their lack of effort in dealing with the disarmament of these two rogue states all countries that are now threatened by Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities have no choice but help the United States with “Funding and R&D” of a new state-of-the-art antimissile system so advanced that it will render Russian and China’s offensive nuclear weapons as well as Iran’s and North Korea’s obsolete and ineffective.
This joint effort by U.S. and its allies will not only spread the cost of such a defensive umbrella but also show the solidarity and unity of our allies that may have seemed to weaken in recent years. To counter this joint effort, Russia and China would have to embark on another expensive “arms race” that neither country wants or can afford.
The obvious option would to be for them to force Iran and North Korea to abandon their nuclear programs and for the U.S. and Russia/China to return to the M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) position that has kept nuclear war at bay for decades. The beauty of this common-sense approach is that it may not cost the U.S. and its allies a penny. Just the threat of such an alliance and joint effort just may be enough. See President Reagan’s “Star Wars” program that was the cause of the break-up of the Soviet Union.