John Kerry Tokyo Non-Proliferation Speech Proliferates Language

By Andrew Ivey | Public Speaking

Apr 16
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John Jerry speech in Japan

His public speaking is largely geared to protecting the global interests of the USA and calming international tensions. That’s the public face of John Kerry who has taken on the job of Secretary of State after Hillary Clinton’s tension-busting watch.

One such tension is the threat of hostilities breaking out in the Korean peninsula.

Speeches and rhetoric coming from North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-un suggest imminent hostilities might be possible. Although South Koreans are used to hearing such rhetorical bluster across their side of the border.

Word Proliferation in Tokyo Speech

In a speech in Tokyo on Monday, Secretary of State Kerry, using a less not more technique, made clear the world’s disapproval of nuclear proliferation in the peninsula.

At a time when the world is moving toward fewer nuclear weapons, not more, when President Obama has articulated a clear vision for nonproliferation, the last thing we need is one or two more states bucking the trend of history and common sense.

And in doing so he served his country well…proliferating the English language in his speech with a 7-syllable howler:

North Korea must immediately stop its provocative speech and behavior, and show it is taking specific steps toward denuclearization.

It’s not the “nucular” word hash of former President George W. Bush. It’s worse.

The fact that he tripped over his pronunciation of the word suggests it’s the wrong word for a public speaker. Simplicity in words counts for more. And simplicity in words and deeds counts for more than word proliferation for a new Secretary of State.


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