Jimmy Carter presses U.S., North Korea to tone down escalating rhetoric

Former President Jimmy Carter greets Robert Schapiro, the dean of the Emory School of Law, after Carter delivered his annual lecture in Glenn Memorial Auditorium at Emory University Thursday, April 6, 2016, in Atlanta. PHOTO / JASON GETZ

Former President Jimmy Carter decried the escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korean governments on Thursday, arguing that both sides should put an end to “warlike rhetoric” and encourage peace talks.

Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Carter offered a blunt assessment of the current state of play 48 hours after the commander-in-chief’s promise of “fire and fury” was met with a harsh response from the Korean peninsula. Carter said the recent provocations on both sides have “probably eliminated any chance of good faith peace talks between the United States and North Korea.”

Instead, Carter said U.S. leaders needed to work to avoid any sort of nuclear confrontation with the isolationist regime and make a “commitment to peace.”

“When this confrontational crisis is ended, the United States should be prepared to consummate a permanent treaty to replace the ceasefire of 1953,” Carter said in a statement. “The United States should make this clear, to North Koreans and to our allies.”

Carter said the U.N. Security Council’s recent unanimous vote to impose new sanctions against North Korea “could help” tone down tensions but said all parties “must assure North Koreans they we will forego any military action against them if North Korea remains peaceful.”

Carter’s comments came during a particularly testy period in U.S.-North Korean relations.

The North Korean military on Wednesday said it would solidify plans to fire four missiles into the waters off the U.S. territory of Guam, home to U.S. military installations, and threatened to “turn the U.S. mainland into the theater of a nuclear war.”

A day earlier, Trump said North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” after news emerged of the country testing intercontinental ballistic missiles successfully for the first time.

In his statement, Carter described the three visits he made to North Korea between 1994 and 2011. The Plains, Ga., native said he found the locals he met wanted a peace treaty with the U.S. and an end to the West’s strict economic sanctions,  “but were convinced that we planned a preemptive military strike against their country. ”

“They have made it clear to me and others that their first priority is to assure that their military capability is capable of destroying a large part of Seoul and of responding strongly in other ways to any American attack,” Carter said.

 

 

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Jon Crumbley
Jon Crumbley

Talk is cheap, kind of like his presidency. Also talk is over also like his presidency. Go home old man.

Greg P Bates
Greg P Bates

A voice of reason! A true Christian and a national treasure.

Jerry H Holloway
Jerry H Holloway

Oh yeah he left our military in a mess to but at least he didn't let queers in

Robert Silvia
Robert Silvia

Great. The last deal he negotiated with North Korea and signed off by Bill Clinton was marvelous. They got $5 Billion and nuclear reactors and now have nuclear bombs. Stick to building houses. You suck at negotiating with other countries.

Larry Rix
Larry Rix

DPRK needs to tamp it down before they become a shiny glass bowl.

Frank Murphone
Frank Murphone

Screw Carter couldn't even get hostages released from Iran. Reagan had to do it.

Jimmy Crews
Jimmy Crews

send them some peanuts, that will calm them down.

Debbie Grant Willis
Debbie Grant Willis

Did he promise to give NK another billion? Glad he doesn't have that authority anymore. Stick to Habitat Jimmy.

Linda Bramblett
Linda Bramblett

President bleeding liberal diplomacy they just laugh at take our money and keep on doing what they were.

Donna King
Donna King

I just love JC! He is a great American and truly a good Christian!

Ben Dendy
Ben Dendy

Send Carter over there he seems to be a peace maker.

John Weeks
John Weeks

While the article is rather typical of the AJC and, quite frankly, "much ado about nothing", the comments below are very entertaining. Scattered among the knee-jerk reactions and vapid declarations of both sides there are some real gems.

Bert Davis
Bert Davis

Remember, Jimmy Carter is the President that created the Iran of today. Iran then helped create the North Korea of today therefore Carter helped create the crisis President Trump is facing today. Know Your History before you speak. Carter is an Idiot. \U0001f621\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Larry Eldon Fowler
Larry Eldon Fowler

I'm sure Jimmy Carter would love to sign another SALT treaty right now and voluntarily destroy all of our military weapons while North Korea and Iran build up their weaponry just as they did during the dumbass Carter administration. Go home Carter nobody cares to hear from you. America has a real president now for the first time in a hundred years or more.

Kevin Tuttle
Kevin Tuttle

ITT: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they..." "SHUT UP YOU STUPID HIPPIE MORON!"

Scott Aukerman
Scott Aukerman

After he drinks a 6 pack of Billy Beer Jimmy can do anything

Fenton Dean
Fenton Dean

So what he's saying is the last 25 years of Presidents were too incompetent to get the job done.

Mike Pregon
Mike Pregon

Carter would have been tossing Kim's salad by now if he was president.

Mike Hausmann
Mike Hausmann

Carter is a pretty ex on paper but has failed at every turn as to negotiations.

Linda M. Javadi
Linda M. Javadi

Really scary reading these comments. The Sad people that voted "Fire and Fury" into office...don't even have enough education to write grammatically correct or historically correct statements.

Jordan Logue
Jordan Logue

We always talk about democracy like it's some wonderful thing. In application, it's actually just the ignorant amassing power through sheer volume.

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

Fire and Fury is greater than the Idiot Obama Famous for "If you like your doctor you can Keep you Doctor" and "Let's Blame a video for causing the deaths for 4 americans.

Vicki Reynolds
Vicki Reynolds

And the painter knows politics \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

James Jacobs
James Jacobs

Jimmy Carter was always a coward and willing to sacrifice American lives to appease evil men. He never met a dictator he didn't love. GFY jimmy Carter.

Donna King
Donna King

I just love JC! He is a great American and truly a good Christian!

Alexander Independent
Alexander Independent

President Trump and his administration are full of charlatans. They worship money and their god is capitalism.

Jordan Logue
Jordan Logue

Capitalism favors free trade and free movement of people. Giant walls, import taxes, travel restrictions, and government subsidies do not make someone a capitalist.

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

Obama practiced corruption and worship the religion of the radicals so much he sent a ton of money to them his last days in office.

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

Ask Jimmy Carter how the nice guy route worked with the hostage situation with our enemy. Ronald Reagan tough talk get them freed!!!!

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

Read the damn article. Reagan had nothing to do it with their release. And it was 444 days. Which is a little less than a year and a half.

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

Katherine - I happen to remember it very well. Iran took the hostages and held them for a very very very very long time. Jimmy Carter was a FAILURE at negotiating their release. It did NOT happen while he was president. The Iranian Government was given an choice by INCOMING PRESIDENT Ronald Reagan prior to Reagan being sworn in. Release the hostages or when he becomes president Iran would pay dearly. To embarrass Carter, they waited until Reagan became president.

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

Katherine - There were many reasons Carter lost, and his failure as a president in that situation was one of those reasons.

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

Are you serious? I read the article. Here is what is says. "The Iran hostage crisis undermined Carter’s conduct of foreign policy." ... "Made the Administration look weak and ineffectual." ....."Carter’s foreign policy team often seemed weak and vacillating" ...."The Administration’s vitality was sapped." .... "The Soviet Union took advantage of America’s weakness." .... Katherine - I lived during that time, watched our president be looking like a weak fool against some radical students. Carter DID NOT get them released. The Students did NOT let the hostages go until they were given a choice by REAGAN, let them go or you will die. You are DOWNPLAYING the fact that the second worst president in our history allowed our citizens to be held captive 444 days? How Sad for you. ...... . I lived in the state where Carter was a less than good governor. I actually met and held a conversation with Carter at a Braves game. I was very aware of his presidency. He has had a good post-presidency life, but as president he was not good. I know, I witnessed it daily.

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

Silence from the uninformed liberal? Wow!

Ruthie Brown
Ruthie Brown

Not an choice but A choice. I saw it as a Set up to make Former Pres. Carter look bad and the Repubs as heroes!

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

Carter did look bad. Reagan did look like a hero. Carter was a bad president and weak.

Mike Steele
Mike Steele

We ought to listen to him. He has such a tremendous record of these things. \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Chris Knowles
Chris Knowles

Jimmy is Green alright. Blue AND YELLOW make Green ...

Joey Thiel
Joey Thiel

The second worst president in American history has something to say. ....who cares

Rodney Lewis
Rodney Lewis

You maybe right because Donald Dumpf is the worst!!!

Joey Thiel
Joey Thiel

Rodney Lewis Naw ....Barry has got #1 all wrapped up!