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North Korea Makes New Threats Against US

From a shocked and amazed Reuters:

More than 100,000 North Koreans attend a mass rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2008. The rally was an official event to support the national policies and objectives laid out in the ‘New Year’s Editorial’ published by North Korea’s state media on Jan. 1.

Nuclear declaration submitted, says North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Friday it had given an account of its nuclear arms program as required in an international disarmament deal, while separately threatening to boost “war deterrent.”

The U.S. State Department said a few days ago that North Korea did not meet an end of 2007 deadline to provide a full list of its nuclear arms program, as required in the deal it struck with regional powers.

We have already drawn up a nuclear report in November and have notified the United States of it,” the North’s KCNA news agency quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying…

Under the deal, the destitute North was also required to begin taking apart its nuclear plant that produces plutonium for weapons in exchange for 1 million tons of heavy fuel oil or equivalent aid and a removal from a U.S. terrorism blacklist.

The North was required to answer U.S. suspicions of having a secret program to enrich uranium for weapons.

“When the U.S. side raised ‘suspicion’ about uranium enrichment, the DPRK (North Korea) allowed it to visit some military facilities in which imported aluminum tubes were used as an exception and offered its samples as requested by it, clarifying with sincerity that the controversial aluminum tubes had nothing to do with the uranium enrichment,” the spokesman said.

North Korea blamed the United States for delaying the deal by not taking it off the terrorism list.

A separate report earlier in the day carried by the North’s state media said: “(We) will further strengthen our war deterrent capabilities in response to U.S. attempts to initiate nuclear war.”

The North, with one of the world’s largest standing armies, usually threatens to bolster its deterrent, often taken to be a reference to its nuclear arsenal, when it feels international powers are not treating it properly.

The amazing thing is how brazen they are. And how long they have been getting away with this kind of behavior.

“When the U.S. side raised ‘suspicion’ about uranium enrichment, the DPRK (North Korea) allowed it to visit some military facilities in which imported aluminum tubes were used as an exception and offered its samples as requested by it, clarifying with sincerity that the controversial aluminum tubes had nothing to do with the uranium enrichment,” the spokesman said.

These being the self-same tubes, which North Korea got from our friends in Russia, were found to have traces of uranium on them.

Meanwhile, our Solons in the Democrat party and the rest of the left say we need to negotiate more with our enemies.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 4th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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