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Fifteen years after George W. Bush declared that Iraq, Iran and North Korea formed "an axis of evil," Donald Trump, in his maiden address to the United Nations, denounced Iran and North Korea in similarly vitriolic terms. Words have consequences, and Trump's constitute a dire and immediate threat to global peace, just as Bush's words did in 2002 . Trump's approach is far more belligerent – and dangerous – than Bush's.For Trump, as for Bush, there is Good (America) and Evil (Afghanistan under the Taliban, Iran, North Korea and Iraq under Saddam Hussein). Abandoning the 2015 deal would parallel Bush's abandonment of the nuclear agreement with North Korea.The probability that North Korea will accede to the U.S. demand is close to zero.Indeed, North Korea has asserted that the U.S. has effectively declared war, though the White House has denied that interpretation.Trump, like Bush, has turned President John F. Kennedy's famous dictum on its head.
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