North Korea began developing nuclear weapons as an NPT party before announcing its withdrawal from the treaty. And Iran is flouting the rules, seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability under the guise of a peaceful enrichment program.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton 
Well, what I’ve said consistently is, is that it is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon, that we’re going to do everything we can to prevent that from happening.
National Security and Foreign Affairs
Americans are arrogant. Our country is young, and has played a decisive role in world events for a very brief period. U.S. economic power is already under fire from China, which has assumed a pivotal role in the world economy, purchased enormous amounts of our debt, and stands ready to bury our manufacturing sector. Nevertheless, we maintain the delusion that fate smiles on us, and that our nation will reign forever because of who we are and what we believe in.
We sure know how to pick a president. Our current selection has already had such a profound influence on world affairs that he has become one of only four U.S. presidents in history to merit a Nobel Peace Prize.* That was a productive first nine months.
President Obama was probably as surprised as the rest of us, and admitted as much in his acceptance speech, calling the prize “….
Two weeks ago I shipped a crate across the country. The crate weighed nearly 1,000 lbs., and was destined for the East Coast. I placed the crate in the care of a nationally-known delivery service, watched the truck pull away, and went back to work, secure in the knowledge that my shipment was safely on its way.