In 1842, British General Sir Charles Napier was assigned as governor of India. During his service there, a delegation of Hindu locals came to him and complained about the British ban of the practice of Sati (or suttee).
This was the practice of burning widows alive on the funeral pyres of their deceased husbands. They said it was their custom and they had practiced it for many years.
His response: "Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive, we hang them and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs."
The practice of Sati stopped then and there.
Now we have argued with North Korea for years about their quest for nuclear weapons. We have tried every technique in the book. Nothing has deterred them from their stated goal.
It is time to say, "Be it so."
We should set plans in motion to actually do it and let them know about the plans. I think this approach would work with Iran as well.
William H. Casto