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November 9, 2003
North Korea Has the Bomb: CIA

You can thank the obstructive diplomacy of Jimmy Carter for this new analysis:

The CIA has told Congress that it believes North Korea has mastered the technology of turning its nuclear fuel into functioning weapons, without having to prove their effectiveness through nuclear tests. The report goes beyond previous public CIA statements that North Korea built one or two weapons in the early 1990s -- a figure many intelligence experts believe has risen in the past few months.

Carter insisted on a diplomatic solution that allowed North Korea simply to affirm that it wasn't pursuing nuclear weapons in exchange for all sorts of technical assistance. Even at the time when he was pursuing that fruitless policy, Kim Jong-Il already had a device or two and now can build as many as they like, while starving their people or herding them into labor camps. It's yet another reminder of the feckless foreign policy that the US had prior to 9/11. Appeasing mad dictators never brings peace -- it only puts off paying the bill, and the delay always favors the dictator.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 9, 2003 11:17 AM

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