US officials: North Korea trying to assert itself as nuclear weapons state
April 2nd, 2013
12:17 PM ET

US officials: North Korea trying to assert itself as nuclear weapons state

By Elise Labott

Senior administration officials say North Korea's threats to restart its nuclear reactor is part of a pattern of North Korea asserting itself as a nuclear weapons state.   The North Koreans want the U.S. to deal with them as they dealt with the Soviets:  the U.S. accepted them as a nuclear power and then they held talks as two nuclear states.

North Korea has repeatedly said it would rather have "arms control" talks with the U.S. as opposed to talks about disarming its nuclear program.

"This is part of a premeditated campaign to force acceptance of their nuclear status," one of the officials said, who added, "it's not going to happen.  It would blow up the entire global non-proliferation regime."

Officials say they have not seen any signs the North has begun reconstituting facilities they've shut down.  But the officials say they do already have a uranium workshop up and running and are "within months" of completing construction of a small plutonium reactor.

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    I know we cant afford another war, or the loss of our brave soldiers but can we afford to have a rouge nation with nuclear capability? As sad as it is to say it may be time to put the little fat man and his cronies under ground, for good...

    April 3, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
  6. brown

    The countries that comprise little man Bush's 'axis of evil': Iraq, Iran and North Korea
    have bled the U.S. people of life and treasure.

    It is what happens when an uninformed electorate chooses to elevate a

    fool with no understanding of the instruments of power.

    The product of little man Bush's speech ... more WAR.

    April 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  7. Joe6957

    The Dear Leader looks much heavier in this picture. He seems to think that he can finance his country through nuclear blackmail and intimidation. But in spite of threats, he did not close down the shared economic zone with South Korea and he was very wary of scaring off Chinese tourists with too many war scare stories. Foreign diplomats are catching on to his deceptive methods. Soon the game will be up.

    April 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      According to CNN this morning, the shared economic zone has been closed to So. Koreans working there.
      Little Fat Boy is about to cause No. Korea to become extinct, one way or another! Good riddence! The sooner this is over, the better! China certainly won't object if we finish off No. Korea, Russia may complain loudly but would not dare risk its huge oil business with western Europe!

      April 3, 2013 at 7:35 am | Reply
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