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Stalinist Backward North Korea says it has nuke

North Korea has a nuclear weapon, Pyongyang Radio reported tonight. The revelation comes a month after the communist nation admitted it had a clandestine weapons program. North Korea has since said the crisis could be settled if the U.S. backed off its "hostile policy" toward the country.
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Reports from North Korea that the reclusive nation has developed nuclear weapons are being met with confusion and skepticism.

North Korea's Pyongyang Radio said Sunday the country "has come to have nuclear and other strong military weapons to deal with increased nuclear threats by the U.S. imperialists," according to the Yonhap news agency which monitors North Korean broadcasts.

It was unclear, however, whether the report referred to a plutonium- or uranium-based weapon.

South Korean officials Monday reacted to the reports with skepticism, saying such radio reports are usually followed up with an official statement and as yet no such statement has been issued.

Pyongyang observers are now waiting to see if the report is a deliberate tactic by the North, or simply a mistake by the state broadcaster.

Yonhap said the language -- which appeared to go further than Pyongyang's previous claims to "be entitled to have nuclear weapons" -- may have been deliberately misleading.

Analysts say Pyongyang could have deliberately broadcast this message -- whether it is true or not --in an attempt to gauge the extend of international reaction to such news .

U.S. administration officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, have said Washington believes Pyongyang has enough plutonium to make one or two weapons, but it does not know whether North Korea has enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.

If the North Koreans were indicating in the report they have enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon, "that would make it more proximate for us to have to do something about it," a senior administration official said.

Last month, Pyongyang admitted it had a clandestine weapons program, in violation of a 1994 agreement with the United States.

The agreement called for North Korea to freeze an earlier nuclear program in exchange for the United States promising to provide fuel oil and build two safer nuclear reactors.

North Korea has since said the crisis spawned over the admission could be settled if the United States were to back off from its "hostile policy" toward the country.

Last week, the international consortium charged with implementing the 1994 agreement with North Korea agreed to suspend fuel oil deliveries to the Communist nation because of the nuclear revelation.

The radio report could be an attempt to further confuse the nuclear issue in response to the decision to suspend oil shipments.

North Korea's ruling party newspaper, in a report with similar content to the Pyongyang Radio broadcast, said the United States was the one who had broken the pact.

Axis of evil
"The United States is spreading a whopping lie that the DPRK violates the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and the DPRK-U.S. agreed framework," said a Rodong Sinmun article, carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

"The lie is aimed to tarnish the international prestige and authority of the DPRK and isolate the DPRK on a worldwide scale. And it is a cunning plot to cover up the criminal nature of the U.S. posing nuclear threats to the DPRK and divert the public attention at home and abroad elsewhere."

DPRK is the acronym of the North's official title, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The communist newspaper said the United States had branded the North part of an "axis of evil," and listed Pyongyang as a target for pre-emptive nuclear attack.

"This is a declaration of war, a nuclear war against the DPRK. Therefore, the U.S. openly violated and destroyed the DPRK-U.S. agreed framework and nullified the North-South joint declaration on denuclearization," the Rodong Sinmun said.

North Korea also reiterated terms it set late in October for addressing U.S. nuclear concerns: a non-aggression pact and a guarantee of the impoverished state's sovereignty.

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Great Leader 17.Nov.2002 20:52

chip off the old block

Great Leader
Great Leader

A solution to threats from North Korea 17.Nov.2002 21:38

Mao-lovin' Stalinist trash

We should sanction us...and start an intense weapons inspections program.

for all of those dummys 17.Nov.2002 22:01

FWR

In case you haven't figured it out yet, after Iraqi, these guys are next on the list, nukes or no nukes..


--FWR

For what purpose? 17.Nov.2002 22:43

Publius

Sorry, but Iran or Saudi Arabia are most likely next. They don't have nukes but they do have Oil. And the NeoCons want Geopolitical control of the entire Middle East. No brag, just facts.

North Korea Is a Sovereign Nation 18.Nov.2002 00:04

John Paul Cupp COMMIE_JP@YAHOO.COM

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a sovereign nationon, that has been at war, offically in usa imperialist terms, for well over 4 decades. they had one one of the most proseperous economies in asia during the 60's and 70's. It is a known fact, that their is no longer a socialist bloc in the sense of 30 years ago. If the dprk did not have a people's army of approx. 1.3 million it would long ago have seen a military march from the 51st parallel heading north.The reality is that only two nations have not recieved add from the wto/world bank/ imf/ in the last 25 years, or so . cuba and north korea. this is because contrary to, popular opinion, the means of production are substantially nationalized, or in the hands of small self sustaining producers. It is even more socialist than cuba, at least in the break down on the ratios related to the means of production. The great leader kim il-sung was once nothing more than a brave revolutionary whiling to fight and die for the liberation of the chinese people, who continued grow and to lead. he is a model example. the concept of juche is his invention. juche is essentially a theory on the need for self-reliance of a nation and autonomy,for example in the quarrel between the soviets and the chinese.
Furthermore the dprk is a sovereign nation, and without a large scale military defense ,able to counter the violence of the imperialist with people's war, they would be a defenseless. THe dprk hav enever invaded anyone. they have a right to work for hte reunification of korea on working class and small producer lines. what is the problem.anyone wanting to read comrade kim il-sung or kim jong-il's works, or to learn about the korean friendship associtation, to which i respect, but am not a member of, should e-mail me.
do not forget that usa iperialism killed 4 million of their people, and is responsible for economic hardships. this would be a war amongst those who should be comrades!!!!
jp
ps if the imperialists went into the dprk, dc would go bye bye!!! can you smile and say
the nice yanqui will go home now!!!