John Kirby said China, Russia, Iran and North Korea present “unique” threats and challenges to U.S. national security when asked about the “New Axis of Evil” on FOX News on Monday . The coordinator of strategic communications at the National Security Council responded to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., referring to these nations as such in “The Story.” Kirby said China is a “rising” power and can challenge the “rules-based order.”
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JOHN KIRBY: I think the President would certainly qualify here several countries, nation states, that present unique and pernicious threats and challenges to our national security. North Korea is certainly part of this group. Obviously, Russia and China certainly present threats and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, but so does Iran. So, I mean, we haven’t named this group, but these four countries clearly present unique challenges and threats to our ability to continue to lead this rules-based order that has been in place since World War II.
He sees each of them in his own way. And again, I would be sure to include Iran as well. All of them – Iran, Russia, China, North Korea. But there are actually four nation states that present very unique challenges, not only to American leadership on the world stage, but also to prosperity, stability, and security around the world. And each of them presents its own type of threats. For example, Russia is obviously a declining power, but it is no less dangerous. They do not necessarily have the ability to change this rules-based order. China, on the other hand, is a rising power and has the capacity to challenge this rules-based order. So you have to take each of them, sort of, you know, separately. But that doesn’t mean, as he said, that we aren’t obviously concerned about their capabilities.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Sunday considered China, Russia and Iran as the new “axis of evil” amid the wars in Ukraine and Israel, while addressing American financing of its allies’ responses to these duels of Conflicts.
In a new interview with “FOX News Sunday” host Shannon Bream, McConnell, the Senate’s highest-ranking Republican, agreed with his fellow Kentuck Republican. Senator Rand Paul that the $1.5 trillion deficit is “totally too big.” But while Paul noted last month that the United States under the Biden administration was borrowing heavily from China just to send aid to Ukraine, McConnell instead pointed out Sunday that the deficit had also widened under the previous administration of former President Donald Trump.
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“You have to respond to conditions that actually exist and pose a threat to the United States. The Iranians are also a threat to us. So this is an emergency. It is urgent that we step up our efforts and that we We were dealing with this axis of tension. evil – China, Russia, Iran – because it poses an immediate threat to the United States,” McConnell said.
Danielle Wallace of FOX News contributed to this report.
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