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North Korea Breaks I.A.E.A. Seals on 8,000 Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods (BREAKING)
Dong-a Ilbo News (Seoul, Korea) ^ | 23 December 2002 | Dong-a Ilbo News (S.Korea)

Posted on 12/23/2002 8:05:48 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo

North Korea Breaks Seals on 8,000 Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods

DECEMBER 23, 2002 22:32 (Dong-a Ilbo News, Seoul, S.Korea)

North Korea has removed the seals and surveillance cameras installed to monitor the storage facilities containing 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods that had been closely watched by the IAEA. A couple of days ago, the North also eliminated all IAEA`s inspection devices set up at the nuclear reactor in Yongbyon.

What makes the latest move of North more serious is the fact that the fuel rods have nothing do to with generation of electricity and can produce plutonium, which in turn can produce nuclear weapons. Therefore, the situation is spinning more and more out of control.

So far, it is believed, North Korea has dismantled surveillance devices at two of its 5 nuclear facilities whose operation had been frozen under the 1994 arms control accord in Geneva. The five facilities are the 5MW nuclear reactor in Yongbyon, the storage facility containing 8,000 spent fuel rods, the 50MW nuclear reactor whose construction was supposed to be completed sometime between 1995 and 1996, the 200MW reactor in Taechon, Pyongbook, and the radiochemical laboratory in Yongbyon

The IAEA announced on Sunday, "North Korea has taken additional actions to hinder the operation of the inspection devices on the storage facility of the nuclear wastes containing the 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods. The storage facility is the number one target of our inspection activities."

IAEA`s Secretary General, Mohammed Elbaradei criticized, "The rods contain a considerable amount of plutonium. Therefore, it is a matter of grave concern in connection with the nonproliferation. The action North Korea took this time poses a profound hindrance to IAEA`s inspection activities to prevent the conversion of the nuclear material extracted from the spent fuel rods into production of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosives."

Experts believe that the 8,000 fuel rods could produce 25kg of plutonium #239, which in turn could suffice to produce at lease three nuclear warheads, reported the AFP.

The facility whose seals were broken this time is in vicinity of the 5MW nuclear reactor in Yongbyon. The IAEA had double-sealed the spent fuel rods in stainless containers, and stored them in water tanks with surveillance cameras rolling over them.

One senior South Korean official said, "The IAEA bound 400 stainless containers and hang them on ropes connected above water in such a way that, if a person other than an inspector tried to temper with them, the trace must be left behind. It were these seals that North broke this time. The fuel rods, however, are still in the water tank."

North Korea`s state-run Central Agency reported on December 22 that North Korean regime started removing IAEA`s seals and surveillance cameras that had been set up under the Geneva accord. The agency announced that this action was caused by the United States` discontinuance of the fuel oil shipment.

At first, North Korea, through its Foreign Ministry spokesperson, announced that it would reactivate its nuclear program. Then, on December 21, it removed the seals and cameras on the 5MW reactor in Yongbyon.

Yesterday, South Korean government, through the comments of the Foreign Ministry, demanded, "The additional action on the part of North Korea may increase tension over the Korean Peninsula, and will amplify the concern of the international community over the nonproliferation issue."

The New York Times, citing a senior Bush administration official, reported yesterday that the United States government might consider "non-diplomatic" reactions if North got closer and closer to production of a nuclear weapon.

US State Department spokesperson also warned on Sunday that this action had caused a more serious consequence.

In the meanwhile, the Japanese government defined the removal of the seals as a violation of the 1994 accord, and protested against North Korea`s action via its embassy in Beijing.


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KEYWORDS: crisis; iaea; longdong; nkorea; nukes; plutonium; yangybon
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1 posted on 12/23/2002 8:05:48 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Merry Christmas USA from Pyong Yang!
3 posted on 12/23/2002 8:09:52 AM PST by Registered
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Yesterday, South Korean government, through the comments of the Foreign Ministry, demanded, "The additional action on the part of North Korea may increase tension over the Korean Peninsula, and will amplify the concern of the international community over the nonproliferation issue."

And the South Korean people can do nothing but bitch about our presence on their worthless spit of land.

Let them handle it.

4 posted on 12/23/2002 8:10:13 AM PST by dead
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To: AmericanInTokyo
NUKE NORTH KOREA
5 posted on 12/23/2002 8:12:40 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: dead

6 posted on 12/23/2002 8:14:49 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: Registered
And in other news, U.S. Senator Patty Murray told visiting schoolschildren that North Korea's Kim can't be all bad because "look at how many people like him, and consider how many schools and hospitals he's built..."

< /SARCASM >

7 posted on 12/23/2002 8:14:57 AM PST by Southack
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To: AmericanInTokyo
had been frozen under the 1994 arms control accord in Geneva.

Like any nation felt they should take Bill Clinton seriously. I mean, really! Reality check!!

the United States government might consider "non-diplomatic" reactions if North got closer and closer to production of a nuclear weapon.........In the meanwhile, the Japanese government defined the removal of the seals as a violation of the 1994 accord, and protested against North Korea`s action via its embassy in Beijing.

This ball is being passed to Japan for now until we deal with Saddam.
Hang on, we'll be back to help after we clean up this Clinton land mine. Then we'll work on the next Clinton land mine. ARG!!

8 posted on 12/23/2002 8:15:17 AM PST by concerned about politics
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To: TLBSHOW

9 posted on 12/23/2002 8:16:44 AM PST by geedee
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To: concerned about politics
The US has already threatened North Korea with the stationing of a US carrier or carrier(s) off the coast of North Korea in the Sea of Japan.
10 posted on 12/23/2002 8:16:54 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Hmmm, perhaps that should be a blast-zone map.
11 posted on 12/23/2002 8:17:04 AM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Why does my sixth sense tell me we are being drawn into a proxy war with China...?
13 posted on 12/23/2002 8:18:31 AM PST by Publius Maximus
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To: Thinkin' Gal

14 posted on 12/23/2002 8:19:09 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thank again Jimmy Carter.

First you set up the current crop of Islamofascists and Islamokazis when you mishandled the taking of our embassy in Iran.

Then you deballed the CIA to allow crap like this to happen while you were president.

Then you enabled these NK Killers to be able to do this.
15 posted on 12/23/2002 8:21:03 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Sgt. Fury
Rumsfield just stated the U.S. NOW HAS the capabilities to fight on MULTIPLE war fronts.
16 posted on 12/23/2002 8:21:09 AM PST by MrPeanut
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Here's the other half of the map, (plus, what North Korea has).

17 posted on 12/23/2002 8:21:55 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: Publius Maximus
Why does my sixth sense tell me we are being drawn into a proxy war with China...?

Well, your sixth sense must be talking to mine because it's telling me the same thing.

18 posted on 12/23/2002 8:22:27 AM PST by riri
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To: AmericanInTokyo
NK is pissing in our faces right now and WE'RE TAKING IT. Why?

We need to look back at what Israel did when they hit Saddam's nuke plant before it came on-line, we need to do the same NOW!!!!!!!!

19 posted on 12/23/2002 8:23:46 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: JohnnyOla and HymanRoth
Did you hear his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace prize? And the news conference that followed? Absolutely sickening, and damn sure arrogant. Then I read on Free Republic somewhere that someone, I think it might've been Couric or Lauer on The Today Show, said he was the best ex-President ever . . . or at least in the 20th century. The arrogance and stupidity of libbers is galling, huh?

Conservative Presidents are always left to pick up the pieces left by Appeasement Party Presidents.

There has NEVER been another politician, that I know of, who is so self-deluded as Jimmy-bob.

20 posted on 12/23/2002 8:24:34 AM PST by geedee
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To: Publius Maximus
Every time I say that people jump all over me.
But it sure seems like it's true.

From Panama through the Middle East to Korea.
It's coming.
21 posted on 12/23/2002 8:24:43 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Therefore, the situation is spinning more and more out of control.

Good. Let it. All of NK should be reduced to glass, and I hope the winds blow south immediately afterward, considering how much the South Korean public hate us.

Get our troops out NOW and let SK and Japan deal with it themselves.

22 posted on 12/23/2002 8:24:43 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Sgt. Fury
"North Korea can see that the US is obviously committed to war in Iraq and does not have the resources to invade two countries at once."

Exactly. And China is the bigger piece behind all this. Bush and Rummy are getting drawn into Iraq, which may or may not have nuclear capability in 4-5 years. Meanwhile, we KNOW North Korea has a nuclear weapons program already in development, and now we know they have plutonium.

We can either pull back from Iraq and reassess our true threats (not even mentioning the newly formed communist bloc to our south), or re-institute the draft and a war economy to bring our forces back to Cold War levels.

23 posted on 12/23/2002 8:24:59 AM PST by fogarty
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To: Southack
offer n korea leaders whores and they will back down
24 posted on 12/23/2002 8:25:13 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: MrPeanut
Rumsfield just stated the U.S. NOW HAS the capabilities to fight on MULTIPLE war fronts.

Sounds like someone just took the seals off a bunch of our tactical nukes then.

25 posted on 12/23/2002 8:25:19 AM PST by Centurion2000
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To: Publius Maximus; riri; Jeff Head
See Jeff about that bad feeling...

http://www.dragonsfury-breathoffire.com/
26 posted on 12/23/2002 8:25:23 AM PST by petuniasevan
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To: riri
"(President of the I.A.E.A.) ElBaradei said it was ''deplorable'' that North Korea had not responded to repeated requests ''for an urgently needed discussion'' on the nuclear issue." --

(Kyodo News from Tokyo, just now, in English)

27 posted on 12/23/2002 8:25:54 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Here's the crown jewel for Jimmy peanut-head's foreign policy and Nobel Peace Prize. And our government can't figure out why China is getting so brazen. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that every time they and North Korea pull another stunt, all we do is sit around and moan. How much longer are we going to sit and do nothing?
28 posted on 12/23/2002 8:26:41 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Sgt. Fury
North Korea can see that the US is obviously committed to war in Iraq and does not have the resources to invade two countries at once.

Oh, I believe we do. And woe to those that act thinking otherwise. The Clinton Army is dead.

29 posted on 12/23/2002 8:27:53 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Publius Maximus
I've thought that too at times. Remember, China's military policy has ALWAYS been to poke and prod and see what they can REALLY get away with before they're held accountable. I think it might've started when our surveillance aircraft hit their fighter and they held our crew captive.

Kinda frightening but at least the Dim-Dems aren't running the show.

30 posted on 12/23/2002 8:29:10 AM PST by geedee
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To: OXENinFLA
We need to look back at what Israel did when they hit Saddam's nuke plant before it came on-line, we need to do the same NOW!!!!!!!!

See #17; NK may already have a couple of nukes. As such, we need to plan their annihilation just a tad more carefully.

31 posted on 12/23/2002 8:30:07 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Centurion2000
One thing I know: The U.S. can not let those fuel rods be moved.
32 posted on 12/23/2002 8:30:49 AM PST by MrPeanut
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To: OXENinFLA
I tend to agree that this Administration before year's end issue some escalating threats to the DPRK, and then, if all else fails, by March 2003 or so (because only 3-4 months of plutonium extraction and development will be needed now to allow the enemy to add 1 nuke to their arsenal, and this is clearly unacceptable), that the US conduct Predator, or if necessary, larger explosive B-2 / B-117 raids on Yongbyong, Kumchangri, and Taechon facilities and let the chips fall where they may. They have clearly given the middle finger to the so-called 'international community'...(It's either this option, or we have nukes in 2-3 years hitting the world's second largest economy Japan, downtown Anchorage or perhaps the US West Coast).

Take your pick.

33 posted on 12/23/2002 8:31:15 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
From Panama through the Middle East to Korea. It's coming.

Panama? "It"? What, the 2003 Segway Tour?

34 posted on 12/23/2002 8:32:21 AM PST by Timesink
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To: MrPeanut
Rumsfield just confirmed they will not let North Korea go further...
35 posted on 12/23/2002 8:32:28 AM PST by MrPeanut
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To: AmericanInTokyo







36 posted on 12/23/2002 8:33:17 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Timesink
Just a point to clarify.

You do realize that 46% of the voting public in S. Korea last week supported the US-allied hardline candidate of the Grand National Party, and not Roh of the Millenium Democrats, didn't you.

37 posted on 12/23/2002 8:33:28 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I'm more concerned about those nutjobs nuking China or Japan.
Couple that with an outbreak of war on the penninsula and all hell breaks loose.
We can only hope Jack Ryan saves the day yet again!
38 posted on 12/23/2002 8:34:42 AM PST by Saturnalia
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To: Sabertooth
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Your photo explains all we need to know about why all this sh*t is happening.

39 posted on 12/23/2002 8:35:27 AM PST by geedee
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To: fogarty
I have always kind of thought that Iraq could and should wait until we finish the larger and more present menace, North Korea.

Administration officials have been so Iraq-centrific, Middle East centrific in this whole thing that it makes you believe the issue is bound up mostly on oil rights. To heck with the stability of East Asia and the security of the 125 million people in the World's Second Largest Economy in the same time zone as North Korea.

40 posted on 12/23/2002 8:35:50 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: Publius Maximus
Why does my sixth sense tell me we are being drawn into a proxy war with China...?

Because under Bill Clinton, the doctrine of being able to fight two major conflicts simultaneously was abandoned.

When we attack Iraq, it will be like lightning.




41 posted on 12/23/2002 8:36:03 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: TLBSHOW
It's in his psych profile/dossier, but Kim Jong-il does have a 'sweet tooth' for large breasted, blonde girls from Russia. Exploitable?
42 posted on 12/23/2002 8:37:12 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Hey Prez, whatcha going do about this? Jawbone some more? Allow NK to ship more missiles for money to build more nukes? What a joke.
43 posted on 12/23/2002 8:37:35 AM PST by Eternal_Bear
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To: Timesink
Yes, that's it, endless hordes of marauding Chicoms,
riding their battle ready Segues, bursting forth from the jungles of Chiapas to overrun the American plains and strike the heartlands!

We're doomed!

Bwahahahahahaha!

(I was series about the chinese proxy war threat, but once you tossed in the scooters it cracked me up.)
44 posted on 12/23/2002 8:37:54 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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You do realize that 46% of the voting public in S. Korea last week supported the US-allied hardline candidate of the Grand National Party, and not Roh of the Millenium Democrats, didn't you.

No, I did not. Glad to hear it. But I'm deeply worried about the nationalistic hatred exhibited by the youth of SK. It reminds me of post-Tienenman China. The state immediately started indoctrinating all children in hardcore jingoism, and in just a little over a decade has created an entire generation of angry Chinese supremacists.

45 posted on 12/23/2002 8:38:04 AM PST by Timesink
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit.

It's the only way to be sure.

47 posted on 12/23/2002 8:39:42 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: fissionproducts
Better it be a chernobyl in Pyongyang than elswhere.
48 posted on 12/23/2002 8:40:09 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

The North Korean Army


49 posted on 12/23/2002 8:40:36 AM PST by Timesink
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I have always kind of thought that Iraq could and should wait until we finish the larger and more present menace, North Korea.

A Korean conflict is likely to last a lot onger than the coming war in Iraq. It would likely involve not only South Korea, but also Japan, China, Taiwan, and possibly Russia.

Taking out Saddam quickly before things can unravel in East Asia is probably the best solution to a bad situation.

Let's never forget who gutted our military so that it couldn't fight two major wars simultaneously: William Jefferson Clinton and Albert Gore Jr.




50 posted on 12/23/2002 8:42:32 AM PST by Sabertooth
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