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North Korea Moving Rapidly Towards Full Nuclear Capacity

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Several reliable sources are reporting a substantial and alarming development from Pyongyang, North Korea, and the North Korean Nuclear Program. Indeed the top US Envoy to North Korea, career diplomat Stephen W. Bosworth, former Ambassador to South Korea, left for the region on Sunday, November 21. The American Envoy will meet with South Korean Envoy Wi Sung-lac and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan to confer on ways to reverse this trend, and to resume stalled disarmament talks. Analysts still are professing a belief that Pyongyang’s nuclear missile ambitions are a ploy for leverage in negotiations.

The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security has released satellite photos confirming that an experimental light water reactor is being built at the Yongbyon nuclear site. Previously that site housed a program to isolate plutonium for nuclear weapons. Along with the photos, claims were made to US agents Siegfried Hecker and Robert Carlin by the ISIS, regarding the facility’s existence. This information re-opens fears as to North Korean intentions as leadership there transitions from Kim Jong ll to his son Kim Jong-un. Additional sources said that “a US nuclear scientist” saw hundreds of centrifuges this past month in North Korea.

American diplomat Jack Pritchard, a top North Korean expert who worked with both President Clinton and President G.W. Bush, said that North Korean officials told him the construction was in progress.

North Korea professes a desire to return to the negotiating table. It is generally believed that sanctions placed by the Obama administration are having a painful effect on the North Korean economy. Many in the West still believe that Pyongyang, by this display of nuclear capacity, is seeking to win concessions.  International nuclear inspectors were expelled from North Korea some 18 months ago. North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006, and again in 2009. They are believed to have materials enough to build six to twelve atomic bombs.

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  • John Lake

    Now is Tuesday AM, November 23. The papers are reporting substantial artillery fire from the North upon a South Korean Island. This may be an indication of the sincerity of Pyongyang in military endeavors. Following is an initial description of the shots fired.
    New York Times “SEOUL, South Korea: North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on Tuesday after dozens of shells fired from the North struck a South Korean island near the countries’ disputed maritime border, South Korean military officials said. Two South Korean soldiers were killed, 15 were wounded and three civilians were injured, said Kiyheon Kwon, an official at the Defense Ministry. The military went to “crisis status,” and fighter planes were put on alert but did not take off”

  • John Lake

    In view of breaking events, we wonder to ourselves if South Korea has an option of “surrender” to the Pyongyang rule. We further wonder what that change would be like, with a communist regime in place.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    I notice that no one is saying anything about the hard-right politician who is now the South Korean president who ran on a platform promising to take a much tougher line with North Korea…and nobody seems to remember that provocation begets provocation, and with enough provocations comes a crisis so severe that calmer minds can no longer bring nations back from the brink of war.

    And in this case, nuclear war. Is that really, truly what people want?

    Apparently, those on Fox News think so:

    Michael Scheuer, a Fox News “terrorism expert,” during a discussion on Fox and Friends this evening called for the U.S. to act “like a superpower,” and “destroy” North Korea’s Navy.

  • John Lake

    Michael Scheuer, a Fox News “terrorism expert,” during a discussion on Fox and Friends this evening called for the U.S. to act “like a superpower,” and “destroy” North Korea’s Navy. While discussing North Korea’s attack on a South Korean island, Scheuer also said that the U.S. should have attacked North Korea “months ago” when “they sank that North Korean or South Korean boat.” That’s the quote. We note the part about the North Korean or South Korean boat.

    I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t throw in a accusation of profiteering. A war brings in lots of money. But such a comment brings in lots of ill will. The whole idea of kicking the pants off the North Korean Navy sounds like it might appeal to John McCain.