North Korea

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  1. North Korea remains a threat but just what their capabilities are is anyone's guess. Despite capability the regime still has to make a decision to use that capability and the repercussions to the use of nuclear/chemical weapons. While the regime may seem unstable I dont think that they are stupid enough to take an action that will cause the end of the regime. Rather I think they will continue to play their nuclear card to get economic
    assistance for free.

    April 29, 2005

    Pentagon downplays N. Korea nuke threat

    By Gordon Trowbridge
    Times staff writer

    The Pentagon sought Friday to downplay what appeared to be a significant new assessment of North Korea’s ability to strike the United States with a nuclear-armed missile.

    But Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita left it unclear whether defense officials believe North Korea’s nuclear program had developed the ability to build warheads small and durable enough to mount on a missile.

    The issue arose a day earlier when Vice Adm. Lowell Jacoby, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, appeared to say the secretive regime had developed that ability, which many observers took as a significant reassessment of North Korean capabilities.

    Asked by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing whether North Korea “has the ability to arm a missile with a nuclear device,” Jacoby paused before answering: “The assessment is they have the capability to do that, yes ma’am.”

    Defense analysts reacted in surprise to Jacoby’s testimony, saying U.S. intelligence officials have not previously said North Korea had mastered the difficult technical challenge of mating a missile with a nuclear warhead. But the DIA and the Pentagon’s top spokesman portrayed Jacoby’s testimony as simply a repeat of previous public statements.

    “He was not making a new assessment,” DiRita, assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, said Friday. DiRita said Jacoby was referring to Capitol Hill testimony in March, in which he said North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons combined with development of multi-stage ballistic missiles resulted in a “theoretical” capability to launch a nuclear weapon at the United States.

    Asked if intelligence officials believed North Korea could build a warhead small enough to place atop a missile, DiRita said, “I don’t believe we know that and I don’t believe that’s part of the assessment.”

    The issue is crucial in terms not only of U.S. security, but also the political controversy over the Bush administration’s policy on North Korea’s nuclear program.

    It is generally believed that North Korea’s two-stage Taepo Dong 2 missile, which has not yet been tested, could reach Alaska, Hawaii and parts of the northwest U.S. Pacific Coast, an assessment Jacoby repeated Thursday. The ability to arm that missile — or a longer-range three-stage missile — with nuclear bombs would place the United States under direct nuclear threat from the unstable North Korean regime.

    It would also cast doubt on the administration’s effort to engage North Korea in talks with U.S. and Asian diplomats — so-called “six-party talks.” That effort appears stalled, with the Bush administration refusing to enter the one-on-one talks North Korea has demanded. Clinton and other critics portrayed Jacoby’s statement as evidence that the policy has failed to reduce the growing North Korean threat.
  2. That SOB kim-ill is like a drunk brandishing a shotgun doing Deniro...


  3. Well, fcuking duh!!!

    Thanks for stating the blindingly obvious. All of this could have been avoided if the amateur hour that is the White House and the US Congress honored the 1994 accords, and didn't spend the last 3 years sabre-rattling and scaring the sh1t out of the rest of the world.

    If you were a tin-pot dictatorship with nuclear aspirations and you saw what happened to Iraq, wouldn't the lesson you drew be something along the lines of "the only way we can keep the US out of our business is to get a weapon as quickly as possible"?

    As far as the US is concerned there is a stale-mate. this of course is little more than accepting a status quo that their blunders produced. They are not about to trade Honolulu or Seattle for Pyongyang.

    On the other hand the South Koreans and the Japanese will get rattled, which in turn will rattle China. A regional nuclear arms race beckons and the US will continue to sink untold billions into a NMD system that couldn't hit a cow with a barn door. Meanwhile, Congress will continue to withhold aid from the DPRK because some ignorant red-necked pig-fcukers on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees don't want to be seen to be blackmailed, pragmatism-be-damned. This means that the DPRK gets more and more desparate and it might eventually might force their hand.

    In short, it was US political leaders who fumbled this. The NPT is now in the crapper because Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Cheney got into the voluminus empty cavern that is Bush's skull and decided that the best way to improve peace and stability is to spread FREEDOM (TM) by force of arms. Let's see how many other sh1tty little upstarts start thinking about acquiring nuclear weapons after the Iraq debacle.

    As an aside, I think the "football" and any other business pertaining to nuclear weapons should be removed from the portfolio of a man who cannot even say the fcuking word. "Nukular" indeed.