10/11/2006

Daily Kos: Was N. Korea Counter-Nuke Program Spoiled?

It appears that Bush may have undone a Clinton-era covert program that successfully (conned) North Korea.. into an extremely expensive nuke effort that apparently never produced much weapons grade material. The weapon Pyongyang actually ended up with was a dud.

Was N. Korea Counter-Nuke Program Spoiled? Hotlist
by leveymg
Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 11:29:32 AM CDT

In 2002, the Bush Administration ruptured a nuclear moratorium deal that President Clinton had made with North Korea. As a result, Pyongyang repossessed plutonium stockpiles sealed by international inspectors,and proceeded to build bombs. One of these nuclear devices was apparently detonated a few days ago, producing such a low yield that most analysts have concluded the device was defective.

There's a back-story behind this. It appears that Bush may have undone a Clinton-era covert program that successfully delayed and diffused North Korea's plutonium bomb building program, diverting resources into an extremely expensive nuke effort that apparently never produced much weapons grade material. The weapon Pyongyang actually ended up with was a dud.

Daily Kos: Was N. Korea Counter-Nuke Program Spoiled?

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