Skip to comments.N.Korea's nuclear threat reaches "alarming level": official
Posted on 10/06/2010 11:22:03 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
North Korea's nuclear programme has reached a "very alarming level" and could cause havoc in South Korea if Pyongyang develops smaller mobile weapons, a senior Seoul presidential aide says. "North Korea's nuclear threat has progressed at a rapid pace and reached a very alarming level, while the nuclear programmes are evolving even now," JoongAng Ilbo newspaper quoted Kim Tae-Hyo as telling a forum Tuesday.
Kim, the president's deputy national security adviser, confirmed the comments to AFP Wednesday.
The aide said Pyongyang was believed to be operating all its nuclear programmes, including the Yongbyon nuclear reactor which produces weapons-grade plutonium, and a separate highly-enriched uranium project to make bombs.
"If the nuclear warheads are made compact and deployed to the field, they could wreak immense havoc on South Korea regardless of their precision level," JoongAng quoted him as saying.
The North closed down Yongbyon in 2007 under a six-nation disarmament deal, but quit the pact in April 2009 and announced it would restart operations at the complex.
In September 2009 it said its experiments with uranium enrichment had reached their final phase.
South Korea's defence minister said this week the North was restoring facilities at Yongbyon.
He was speaking after a private US research institute, citing satellite photos, said new construction or excavation is under way there
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Has North Korea fired off anything but squibs?
The threat level will only reach the âalarmingâ level after some pussnut detonates one somewhere.
I think the Chi-Coms want the North Koreans to nuke any US forces in the region when they decide to try and take Taiwan. That way only North Korea will bear the brunt of a retaliatory US nuke strike. Are the NKs stupid enough to do the Chi-Coms bidding?
Don’t forget to thank Bill Clinton and Madame Notbright for those nukes the NoKos are rattling sabers with. Thanks, you commie sops.
The two sides [Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Russia] agreed to "promote and enhance friendly relations" in line with the joint declaration of July 19, 2000 and the Russia-DPRK friendship and good neighborly cooperation treaty of February 9, 2000.
Putin and Kim agreed during their talks to promote a Russian- DPRK political dialogue on the Korean issue and international affairs, and discussed many topical international problems, deputy head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Prikhodko told reporters following the talks.
The two leaders spoke for an independent and peaceful solution to the issue of reunification of the Korean Peninsula, and against "any outside obstacles to this process" as "unacceptable."