January 02, 2015 11:03
The U.S. government regards North Korea as the third most "unacceptable" country in a world, a tally of the official rhetoric suggests.
Micah Zenko, a fellow at the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, analyzed the U.S. State Department's use of the term on its website over the six years since U.S. President Barack Obama took office.
In an article for Foreign Policy magazine, Zenko said the U.S. called the North's various antics "unacceptable" 115 times. Secretary of State John Kerry recently described as "unacceptable" a hacking attack on Sony Pictures that has been linked to North Korea.
Syria was even more "unacceptable" with 147 times, followed by Iran (119 times). Surprisingly, Israel came fourth with 87 times, suggesting Washington is relatively comfortable accepting the unacceptable.
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