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CHOCO
Dec 14th, 2002, 05:19 PM
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A South Korean protester displays a placard reading: "Abandon Nuclear Weapons" on Friday in response to North Korea's announcement it will reactivate a nuclear reactor .



N. Korea’s ‘burning hatred’ for U.S.

Bush, Kim blast Pyongyang’s nuclear program

MSNBC NEWS SERVICES

Dec. 14 — Despite widespread international condemnation of its pursuit of a nuclear weapons programs, North Korea said Saturday it was prepared to deal a “bitter defeat and death” to a threatening United States. The latest salvo in an ongoing war of words between the reclusive communist nation and Washington comes a day after U.S. President George W. Bush and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung blasted North Korea’s nuclear program, with Kim saying it was “unacceptable.”

NORTH KOREA raised the stakes Thursday in the dispute when it said it would restart a nuclear reactor idled under a 1994 agreement that averted a nuclear crisis on the peninsula.
The North’s declaration fuelled concern over a secret uranium enrichment program that Washington said in October Pyongyang had admitted to operating in violation of the 1994 Agreed Framework. In response, the Bush administration departed from the policy under the Clinton administration and has been reluctant to talk with Pyongyang. Instead it cut fuel oil shipments and called for suspended construction on the light-water generator.
“The DPRK (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) remains unfazed as it has made full preparations to cope with the confrontation and clash with the Yankees,” a commentary in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said.
“The army and people of the DPRK with burning hatred for the Yankees are in full readiness to fight a death-defying battle,” said the commentary, carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
With more than one in 20 of its 23 million people in military uniform, North Korea is the most heavily militarized country on earth.

KIM: PROGRAM IS ‘UNACCEPTABLE’
Bush and Kim spoke by telephone on Friday about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
“President Kim noted that North Korea’s statement on unfreezing its nuclear program is unacceptable. And then the two leaders agreed to continue seeking a peaceful resolution while not allowing business as usual to continue with North Korea,” White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.
The United States, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the European Union have all called on North Korea to give up its nuclear program to little avail so far.

Fleischer urged North Korea to reconsider its request that the International Atomic Energy Agency remove cameras and seals put in place to monitor its activities, calling it a “serious matter” of concern.
“But I want to reiterate that we will continue to work with the international community to seek a peaceful resolution to the situation in North Korea. And this is a situation that North Korea has created by pursuing a nuclear weapons program,” Fleischer said.
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‘AXIS OF EVIL’
While Bush has threatened war against Iraq for suspected weapons of mass destruction, the United States has taken a more low-key approach to dealing with Pyongyang, emphasizing a desire for a peaceful resolution and vowing no invasion of North Korea.
The administration is increasingly focused on Iraq in Bush’s drive to disarm President Saddam Hussein. It has, however, also expressed concern about recent evidence that Iran, the third member of what Bush calls an “axis of evil” may be trying to make nuclear weapons.

The White House stressed that the approach to North Korea was different from that toward Iraq. “The situation in Iraq involves somebody who has used force in the past to attack and invade his neighbors. That is not the history of North Korea for the last 50 years. And so, it’s not exactly analogous,” Fleischer said.
Even so, the United States under the Bush administration has taken a harder line than its allies in the region — South Korea and Japan — who have in recent years used engagement and aid in an effort to press for reform in North Korea.
Meanwhile, U.S.-South Korean relations have soured somewhat in recent months, after two South Korean girls were accidentally hit and killed by a vehicle during a U.S. training exercise.
The accident in June, and the U.S. court martial acquittal last month of the soldiers driving the armored vehicle, have intensified anti-U.S. sentiment in South Korea.
The incident has generated protests from thousands of South Koreans in Seoul and other major cities, and there is growing public pressure for a revision of the Status of Forces Agreement to give South Korea more jurisdictional power over 37,000 U.S. soldiers based here.

In his conversation with Kim, Bush conveyed his “deep, personal sadness and regret” over the deaths of the two girls, Fleischer said.
“The president pledged to work closely with the South Korean government to prevent such accidents in the future,” Fleischer said. The United States has about 37,000 troops stationed in South Korea.
“President Kim said the South Korean people appreciate the important role played by the U.S. service personnel in maintaining peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and reiterated that the current circumstances make the U.S.-Korean alliance more important than ever,” Fleischer said.

ptkten
Dec 14th, 2002, 05:31 PM
This is interesting and scary for the U.S. and the rest of the world...because they are a country that would probably use the nuclear weapons that they have.

It's unfortunate that the Bush administration has been unwilling to talk to North Korea and reach some kind of agreement or compromise with them and their nuclear weapons program. Maybe that would calm some of their anger towards the United States after his axis of evil speech which included them.

Hopefully the world will continue to denounce their program and North Korea will eventually realize that having a nuclear weapons program is not to the benefit of their country or to bringing about peace.

CHOCO
Dec 14th, 2002, 05:38 PM
ptkten - you're correct. N. Korea is waaaay more dangerous than Iraq or any country. They have 20 of 23 million people in the military.



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The Yongbyon nuclear facility in North Korea. Pyongyang says it will restart the nuclear reactor there


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South Korean protesters shout slogans during an anti-North Korea rally in downtown Seoul on Friday



N. Korea paper: 'Burning hatred' for U.S.
Saturday, December 14, 2002 Posted: 9:22 AM EST (1422 GMT)

SEOUL, South Korea -- Amid a row over its nuclear weapons program, North Korea's ruling party newspaper has fired a barb at Washington, saying the country is ready to deliver "bitter defeat and death" to a threatening United States.

Saturday's declaration follows a warning from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that North Korea was the closest member of U.S. President Bush's "axis of evil" to building a functional nuclear weapon.

North Korea's aggressive stance -- coupled with Washington's accusation on Friday that Iran was also "actively working" on a nuclear weapons program -- threatens to distract the U.S. as it tries to disarm Iraq. North Korea, Iran and Iraq make up Bush's so-called "axis of evil."

Condemnation has mounted against Pyongyang since it upped the ante in the nuclear row with the United States by saying on Thursday it would restart a nuclear reactor mothballed since 1994 after a deal with the then-Clinton administration.

"The DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] remains unfazed as it has made full preparations to cope with the confrontation and clash with the Yankees," a commentary in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said.

"The army and people of the DPRK with burning hatred for the Yankees are in full readiness to fight a death-defying battle," the commentary said, carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

Nuke threat 'tense'
Concerns over North Korea's nuclear ambitions have mounted since Pyongyang said earlier this week it intended to "unfreeze" its nuclear program and a demand that the IAEA remove cameras and seals from nuclear waste facilities where spent fuel rods are kept.

Speaking about the threat posed by North Korea, Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the IAEA, described the situation as "tense."

"I appealed to them to rethink their positions," ElBaradei told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "We are waiting for their response."

ElBaradei said North Korea already has the capability to build nuclear weapons, and that Iran lagged behind, followed by Iraq.

On Friday, the U.S. accused Iran of "actively working" on a nuclear weapons program and said that recent satellite photographs of a massive nuclear power construction project "reinforce" that belief. (U.S.: Iran working on nukes)

The renewed escalation of tensions between Pyongyang and Washington follows the stopping and boarding of a North Korean vessel carrying Scud missiles to Yemen by Spanish and U.S. forces in the Arabian Sea on Wednesday.

North Korea has accused the United States of "unpardonable piracy" in seizing the ship, which eventually was allowed to continue on to Yemen. (N. Korea hits out at U.S.)

Mothballed
North Korea agreed in 1994 to freeze its nuclear facilities, at least one of which was suspected of having the capability to produce weapons-grade plutonium, in return for regular shipments of heavy fuel oil and the promise of newer and safer nuclear reactors from the Japan, South Korea and the United States.

That deal averted a possible military confrontation between Pyongyang and Washington.

But North Korea said the "Agreed Framework" is no longer valid and that it is unfreezing the facilities because it needs the power generated by the nuclear plants since the fuel oil shipments were halted earlier this month.

The oil program was voided by the United States after North Korea divulged a few weeks ago that it was engaged in a "highly enriched uranium program" -- violating international agreements and the agreed framework.

ElBaradei said North Korea's response to entreaties from the IAEA has not been positive.

"I think it's much better to try to find a diplomatic solution," he said. "I'm encouraged that even Washington today is speaking of an agreed settlement."

'Unacceptable'

In a telephone conversation on Friday, President Bush and South Korean President Kim Dae Jung agreed Friday that while North Korea's decision was regrettable and unacceptable, they would work with Japan and others to resolve the situation peacefully.

"The president will continue to work in concert with our allies," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said. "And the fact of the matter is diplomacy -- often the best diplomacy -- takes time. And that is something the president will continue to pursue." (N. Korean move 'unacceptable')

The most serious concern, ElBaradei said, is North Korea's demand for the removal of seals and cameras from the spent fuel rod storage site -- and warning that they would remove them if IAEA does not. Access to those rods, ElBaradei said, would give North Korea the material for plutonium and would be a serious breach.

"If they were to remove the seals or cameras it will be in serious violation of their non-proliferation obligation. We will have to go to the Security Council," he said.

Intent unknown
But so far, North Korea has not requested the removal of the two on-site IAEA monitors -- the last barriers to a possible crisis with North Korea and the issue that pushed the United States close to war before the Agreed Framework was signed in 1994.

"We have our inspectors still on the ground, still monitoring the freeze of North Korean nuclear activities," ElBaradei said.

North Korea is closer to having nuclear weapons than either of its "axis of evil" companions, Iran and Iraq, ElBaradei said, but stressed that he could not address the intent of any of the three countries.


South Korean protesters shout slogans during an anti-North Korea rally in downtown Seoul on Friday



"We know at least that North Korea has a reprocessing plant, a process that ... reprocesses material into plutonium," he said. "They already have the technical capability if they want to have the plutonium."

"We do not know that Iran has an enrichment or reprocessing plant in operation. They don't have that capability yet."

"We know that Iraq, at least when we left in 1998, has no capability whatsoever to produce either a weapon or weapon-usable material," he said.

White House spokesman Fleischer, however, said the administration was less concerned with North Korea than Iraq "because the situation in Iraq involves somebody who has used force in the past to attack and invade his neighbors."

"That is not the history of North Korea for the last 50 years," he said. "The world cannot just be treated as a photocopy machine: the policies in one part of the world need to be identically copied through another. It's a much more complicated endeavor than that."

CHOCO
Dec 14th, 2002, 11:05 PM
Right now, I worry about those American troops based in S. Korea. N. Korea is no joke. N. Korea is way more dangerous than Iraq.

King Lindsay
Dec 14th, 2002, 11:40 PM
choco, the first article didn't say 20 of their 23 million people were in the army, it said ONE IN TWENTY of their 23 million people were in the army.

CHOCO
Dec 15th, 2002, 01:29 AM
King Lindsay - thanks for the correction. :)

I should've known that the number was out of whack. :)

Car Key Boi
Dec 15th, 2002, 02:58 AM
I say lets nuke the bastards before they even get that reactor warmed up

ra!

Ted of Teds Tennis
Dec 15th, 2002, 03:08 AM
ptkten:

To say they are a country which would use their nuclear weapons is slightly off. They have a dictator who may have no qualms about using nuclear weapons. North Koreans who are closer to average seem to be trying to defect to China.

LeonHart
Dec 15th, 2002, 07:11 AM
Car Key Boi...wtf?? I wouldn't blame North Korea for hating Bush, after bush named them one of the countries in the "axis of evil"