James Stavridas retired from the UN Navy as a 4-star Admiral. He served as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, the US European Command and US Southern Command as well as NATO Supreme Allied Commander. His list of medals and ribbons is more then impressive.
In a recent interview, Stavridas said that North Korea is more than likely receiving help with their nuclear and missile programs from either China, Russia. He points to the strong relationships North Korea has with China, Russia and Iran, since he does not believe that the Hermit Kingdom could making such huge advancements as quickly as they have with just their own homegrown experts.
(The Hill) – Retired Adm. James Stavridis, a former NATO supreme allied commander, in an interview on Sunday said North Korea is likely receiving outside help from allies like China, Russia or Iran as it races to develop its weapons arsenal.
“You’ve got to think that at least part of it is coming from either China or Russia and I have no evidence of that, but the idea that [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] would simply be developing this on an indigenous basis within his own population of scientists simply seems unlikely given how fast it’s moving,” Stavridis told radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.
“It could also be cooperation between Iran and North Korea, which we do know has occurred in this nuclear space” Stavridis continued. He added that, “it’s fair to say there is some level of outside engagement that has been helpful to [Kim’s] program.” …
The retired NATO commander said that the situation with North Korea has become so critical that China needs to chose if they are going to stand with North Korea or against them as tensions continue to escalate. Chinese President Xi Jinping has told President Donald Trump that they would cooperate and honor the sanctions imposed on North Korea, but if Stavridis is right, then China may not be living up to that agreement.