The North Korean Road to Nowhere

North Korea: IAEA inspectors get the boot as Pyongyang resumes its nuclear program.


TimesOnLine: In a highly provocative snub to Washington, Beijing and Seoul, North Korea has broken the United Nations seals that had disabled its nuclear programme, and said it would soon begin feeding atomic material back into its Yongbyon facility. As well as kicking UN nuclear watchdog inspectors out of the country and re-opening its reprocessing plant, Pyongyang is now likely to demand the removal of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) seals on the thousands of plutonium fuel rods removed from the plant last year. The fuel rods represent the most critical ingredient in the resurrection of Kim Jong Il’s nuclear weapons programme – a scenario which the United States and North Korea’s immediate neighbours thought they had negotiated off the table and are desperate to avoid.

Farcical, there is no other word that describes it best. The latest move by Pyongyang is in keeping with what the Iranians have been doing to the West over the past five years, talk, talk, talk and then give the finger. Unbelieveable. Atlas has more on it here. KGS

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