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Old 01-04-2003, 06:23 PM   #31
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After reading this I did research.

South Korea has a 600,000-man army
US have 37,000 troops in S. Korea.



I think N. Korea so far has gotten the better of Bush and Co.
They keep restating and changing their approach to N. Korea.

It is ironic how S. Korea has offered to mediate between US and N. Korea


N. Korea could be a bigger threat than Iraq.

I still support regime change in Iraq. I still believe it is about oil and the US changing it's relationship with Saudi.

I hope it is stage one of a three stage plan to bring a permanent peace to the mid-east.
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I hope it is stage one of a three stage plan to bring a permanent peace to the mid-east.
What do you think the other stages would be and how successful do you think any such plan could be?
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Old 01-05-2003, 10:36 PM   #33
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I hope it is stage one of a three stage plan to bring a permanent peace to the mid-east. [/B][/QUOTE]

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Kick the (Korea) Can
By Michael Kelly

Wednesday, January 8, 2003; Page A19

On North Korea, the conventional wisdom in Washington, which happens to be the same as the conventional wisdom in Pyongyang, goes roughly like this: George W. Bush triggered the crisis by excessive hardening-of-line and axis-of-evil-calling; Bush is compounding his hard-lining error by irresponsibly refusing to negotiate with Pyongyang; and, paradoxically, Bush is guilty of foreign-policy incoherence or worse in adopting a harder line toward Saddam Hussein than toward Kim Jong Il.
Conventional wisdom tends by its nature to get things wrong, but seldom this wrong and seldom this dangerously wrong. This is wrong to the point of divorce from reality.
The reality, in brief, is as follows (largely taken from reports by the Congressional Research Service, the Federation of American Scientists and the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control):
North Korea has been working on developing nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons delivery systems for at least three decades. Since the 1970s, North Korea has agreed to inspection regimes, treaties and other agreements intended to curb its bomb-building, and it has violated all of these agreements. In fact, North Korea has used episodic violation as a tool of foreign policy, periodically forcing confrontation to produce fresh agreements and fresh outpourings of money and other aid from its neighbors, the United Nations and the United States.
In the latest of such successful blackmailings, North Korea won an agreement with the United States -- the Agreed Framework of Oct. 21, 1994, negotiated, after Jimmy Carter's intercession, with the Clinton administration. This agreement was never more than a kicking of the can. Indeed, it was so by definition. South Korea agreed to construct for North Korea two light-water (non-plutonium-producing) reactors at a cost of $4.5 billion, and the United States promised annual gifts of half a million tons of heavy fuel oil until the reactors were built. In exchange, North Korea agreed only to "freeze" -- emphatically not to abandon -- its bomb program.
Specifically, North Korea promised to halt the construction of two major nuclear reactors at its Yongbyon facility, capable of annually producing enough weapons-usable plutonium to make 30 bombs; to shut down its plutonium reprocessing center also at Yongbyon; and to not refuel an already constructed plutonium-producing reactor. But the agreement delayed for five years any inspection regime serious enough to ensure verification.
Moreover, the framework made no provision for dealing with the gains North Korea had already made in its decades-long nuclear program. With an estimated 3,000 scientists working at Yongbyon alone, this program had, by 1994, already produced enough weapons-grade plutonium to make anywhere from two to six small atomic bombs, according to the intelligence estimates of the United States, South Korea, Japan, Germany and Russia.
A 1990 KGB report to the Soviet Central Committee asserted, based on "available data," that North Korea had "completed" its "first nuclear device," and in 1994, before the agreement, the director of the CIA said that the agency believed North Korea had already produced one to two bombs. Current U.S. intelligence assessments are that North Korea has probably produced at least one nuclear weapon.
The United States government had so little faith in the 1994 agreement that it did not define it as a formal treaty -- it did not wish to be legally bound by an agreement it had so little reason to think would be kept.
And the agreement was not kept -- the can was merely kicked, and not very far. In October 2002, after years of mounting evidence of North Korean violations, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly confronted North Korea with evidence that it was conducting a clandestine bomb-building program based on a process of enriching uranium. North Korea had begun this program only months after the signing of the 1994 Agreed Framework -- and, note, seven years before George Bush called anybody evil. North Korea first denied the truth, then admitted it -- and then unilaterally "nullified" the 1994 deal.
We were bound to arrive at this point, no matter which president ended up holding the can kicked in 1994. North Korea never had any intention of living up to the agreement, and it never did. Eventually, it was going to get caught, and it did.
Bush has reacted as probably any responsible president would. He has refused to back down. Well, what else? Would it be better that he "renegotiate" -- that he give North Korea another seven years of bomb-building time?
He has promised not to wage war against North Korea, not to treat this particular evildoer as he is threatening to treat another. Well, what else again? There is, in the end, one stark difference here. We are trying to stop Iraq's madman from acquiring the Bomb. North Korea already has one.
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Report: N. Korea Quits Nuclear Treaty
11 minutes ago

By PAUL SHIN

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea (news - web sites) withdrew from the global nuclear arms control treaty Friday, the communist nation's official news agency said, heightening the crisis over the North's nuclear development plans.


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North Korea pledged that despite its withdrawal it would not develop nuclear arms.


"Though we pull out of the (Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty), we have no intention of producing nuclear weapons," the Korean Central News Agency reported. "Our nuclear activities at this stage will be confined only to peaceful purposes such as the production of electricity."


North Korea said its withdrawal from the treaty will free it from obligations too the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency.


The announcement came as the United States was awaiting a reply from Pyongyang about its decision to open dialogue to seek a peaceful resolution of the country's nuclear weapons development.


The country called the withdrawal "a legitimate self-defensive measure taken against the U.S. moves to stifle" North Korea.


North Korea has repeatedly accused the United States of plotting to invade it, and has said it has the right to develop weapons for its self-defense. However, it has never publicly said that it has a nuclear weapons program.


North Korea joined the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 1985 but took steps in 1993 to withdraw from it amid tensions over its suspected nuclear weapons program.


The 1968 treaty is considered a cornerstone in the effort to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.


The crisis was defused a year later when North Korea agreed to freeze its facilities at Yongbyon under an energy deal with the United States.


Only four other countries Cuba, India, Israel and Pakistan are not signatories, though Cuba is a member of a treaty establishing a nuclear-free zone in Latin America.
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uh...so much for lollygagging!!! dread u beat me by mere mins
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Not everyone in the administration is ticked off at North Korea's surprise plan to resume nuclear bomb making. For some top officials, it's the perfect excuse to take out Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Here's the reasoning: North Korea is exactly the type of emerging nuclear power that Iraq wants to be unless Saddam is stopped. "You can strike before he gets nukes," says a top official, "but not after."
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Jan. 12, 2003, 12:40AM

Bush team blames Clinton for crisis
Says 1994 N. Korea agreement left `the difficult things' for next leader
By KAREN DeYOUNG and T.R. REID
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WASHINGTON -- A senior Bush administration official suggested Saturday that the nuclear crisis with North Korea was the predictable result of a flawed 1994 agreement signed by the Clinton administration with Pyongyang that "frontloaded all the benefits and left the difficult things to the end" -- for the next president.

The comments marked a sharp change of direction from the administration's insistence in recent weeks that only North Korea was to blame for the crisis. As recently as last week, Secretary of State Colin Powell said he gave "great credit" to the Clinton administration for freezing North Korea's plutonium enrichment program with the 1994 Agreed Framework.

On Saturday, North Korea threatened to abandon a moratorium on ballistic missile tests, further escalating a confrontation with its neighbors and the United States one day after withdrawing from a global treaty designed to halt the spread of nuclear weapons.

North Korea's ambassador to China, Choe Jin Su, issued the threat at a news conference in Beijing in which he defended his impoverished nation's right to possess "devices to save us from a nuclear attack" and accused the United States of adopting "hostile policies."

The Bush administration's new formulation of blame coincides with a spate of accusations, some from strong administration supporters, that President Bush may have antagonized North Korea by labeling it part of the "axis of evil" and helped provoke the crisis.

That sentiment appeared to be echoed by North Korean officials meeting Friday and Saturday in Santa Fe with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat and former Clinton-era official. Sources involved in those talks said North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Han Song Ryol, had said the Bush administration's tough policy toward North Korea was motivated primarily by Bush's desire to do the opposite of what his predecessor had done on foreign policy.

The North Korean asserted that Pyongyang had been developing a working relationship with Washington toward the end of the Clinton era -- indeed, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Pyongyang just before President Clinton left office -- but then faced a reversal of policy under Bush.

"They think the Bush people have closed the door on them just because Clinton had opened it," said a source involved in the Santa Fe talks.

But the senior Bush administration official said the "idea that the Agreed Framework was going along just fine" was a misperception. "We were getting to a crisis very quickly," the official said.

Under the accord, the United States agreed to move immediately toward a normalized political and economic relationship with North Korea. The Clinton administration agreed that within six months of the October 1994 accord, it would organize an international consortium and sign a contract to build light water nuclear reactors for North Korea. Until the construction was completed, the United States and its partners would supply North Korea with energy in the form of fuel oil shipments.

In exchange, North Korea agreed to freeze, within three months of signing, operations of its graphite-modulated nuclear reactor that the West believed it was using to produce weapons-grade plutonium. Pyongyang also agreed to submit the country to full International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards "when a significant portion of the LWR (light water reactor) project is completed, but before delivery of key nuclear components" for the facilities.

North Korea has admitted it was seeking weapons-grade material through another route, by secretly enriching uranium. With the foundation for the light water reactors poured last fall, the official said, "we were getting ... to the end of the road. Maybe that is what caused the North Koreans to do what they did. ... They weren't prepared to sign on to safeguards" that would uncover the secret program.

North Korea announced last week that it would put the frozen reactor at Yongbyon back into production and said Friday it was withdrawing from the Non-Proliferation Treaty under which it had agreed not to produce nuclear weapons. The administration official said Saturday's announcement about abandoning missile tests, like the others, would bring no change in U.S. policy.

"The North Koreans are quite accustomed" to these tactics, the official said. "They threaten and blackmail and people rush to deal with them, and then they keep their means of threatening and blackmailing. We will continue to consult with our allies in the region and demand that North Korea change its behavior before there are talks between the two governments."

The North Korean envoys meeting with Richardson in Santa Fe said they have tried for weeks to arrange talks with the administration but have been repeatedly rebuffed, people involved in the talks said.

Richardson's aides said he had passed along the request for dialogue to Powell. In a statement issued after the Santa Fe talks, Richardson said, "Ambassador Han told me that North Korea has no intentions of building nuclear weapons."
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its going from bad to worse in Korea

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