This week "the President himself" stands accused of complacency about official policy on North Korea. While the US invaded Iraq, which posed no threat whatsoever, they were ignoring the greatest threat of all.
IMMINENT US WAR WITH NORTH KOREA
We were told that Iraq was invaded because the country posed a threat to the US, but this claim has proved to be false. Meanwhile, the North Korean government is ready with six nuclear warheads, and America is their arch enemy.
"The Korean crisis has been largely ignored as Washington
has focused almost exclusively on Iraq."
Experts predict that the US will declare war on North Korea some time this year. We shall see...
Independent, "North Korea warns US: we can produce six atom bombs", page 11, 16 July 2003.
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The crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme deepened yesterday as the North claimed it had made enough plutonium for six atomic bombs, and a former US Defence Secretary warned that the two countries could be at war by the end of the year.
The latest claim from Pyongyang was communicated to the Bush administration last week, three months after North Korea said it was beginning to reprocess 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods that were under United Nations seal until the UN inspectors were ejected from the country at the end of 2002. ...
That spectre was raised yesterday by William Perry, Defence Secretary under President Clinton, when he told The Washington Post that the Bush administration was "losing control" of the situation.
Mr Perry is a specialist on Korea who helped prepare the military action which Mr Clinton came close to launching against Yongbyon and other key North Korean sites in 1994. He now fears that the North is not only close to a nuclear test to show the world it is a nuclear power, but also that it could sell a weapon to a terrorist group for use against the US.
"The nuclear programme now under way in North Korea poses an imminent danger of nuclear weapons being detonated in American cities," Mr Perry said, adding that he had reached that conclusion after talks with Bush officials in Washington, and with senior figures in China and South Korea. ...
The CIA has long suspected that North Korea had one or two nuclear devices, using plutonium produced before the 1994 crisis. But last autumn North Korea stunned the US by announcing, that in addition to the plutonium-based programme frozen under the deal that year with Washington, it was conducting a parallel nuclear programme, based on enriched plutonium technology.
BBC News, "US concern at N Korean claims", 16 July 2003.
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Meanwhile a senior American politician has warned that the US could go to war with North Korea as early as this year over Pyongyang's alleged nuclear weapons programme.
William Perry, who served as defence secretary under former president Bill Clinton said the key issue was that North Korea appeared to have begun reprocessing spent nuclear fuel rods, a key step towards building up its nuclear arsenal.
"I have thought for some months that if the North Koreans moved toward processing, then we are on a path toward war," he told the Washington Post newspaper.
BBC News, "N Korea nuclear threat 'serious'", 19 July 2003.
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North Korea poses the "most immediate and most serious threat" to efforts to control the world's nuclear weapons, the UN's atomic watchdog has warned.
Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he was concerned about reports that Pyongyang is processing fuel rods that used to be under his agency's safeguards.
Mr ElBaradei's remarks follow North Korea's claim last week that it has produced enough plutonium to start making nuclear bombs.
"The Insider" mailing list article, 16 July 2003.
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