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Official: N. Korea Poses Nuclear Threat (SHOCKING NEWS!!)
AP ^ | 7/18/03

Posted on 07/18/2003 9:22:23 AM PDT by Valin

VIENNA, Austria - North Korea poses the "most immediate and most serious threat" to efforts to control the world's nuclear weapons, the U.N. atomic watchdog agency's chief warned Friday.

Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he was concerned about the latest reports that Pyongyang is reprocessing fuel rods that were under his agency's safeguards.

"In my view, the situation in the DPRK is currently the most immediate and most serious threat to the nuclear nonproliferation regime," ElBaradei said, referring to the acronym for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"I find it regrettable that little concrete progress on the issue appears to have been made since December, when the agency's verification work came to a halt. I earnestly hope that the international community will urgently focus its efforts on bringing the DPRK back to the nonproliferation regime."

North Korea expelled international inspectors in December, and the United States relies mainly on satellite images for clues about what is going on at the communist nation's nuclear facilities.

ElBaradei said, however, that he was "encouraged by some recent efforts on the part of China to restart a dialogue" toward persuading the North to abandon its weapons program.

The IAEA chief said he was "committed to continuing to work with all concerned parties to help achieve a comprehensive solution to this problem."

South Korean news reports say China is pushing for a new round of three-way talks, involving North Korea, the United States and China. The format would be later replaced by five-way multilateral talks that will also include South Korea and Japan, they said.

The nuclear dispute flared in October when North Korea reportedly told a top U.S. official it had restarted a nuclear program in violation of a 1994 accord.

The nuclear inspectors from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency were expelled shortly after North Korea had dismantled U.N. seals and monitoring cameras installed at the country's nuclear facilities. The facilities had been mothballed under a 1994 agreement with the United States.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: northkorea
Man NOTHING gets by these guys!
1 posted on 07/18/2003 9:22:23 AM PDT by Valin
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To: All
A horse walks into a bar. The bartender comes up and says "Hey pal, what will it be?"

The horse orders a beer.

A few minutes later, John Kerry walks in and sits at the bar. The bartender walks up and says "Hey pal, cheer up. Why the long face?"

I'll stop if you guys will donate and get us over our fundraising goal

2 posted on 07/18/2003 9:23:24 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Valin


”Guns Before Butter.”

3 posted on 07/18/2003 9:25:43 AM PDT by South Hawthorne ("Europeans lost the will to live the moral life long ago." - Ben Shapiro)
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To: Valin
Geez, we better get Jimmy Carter right on this!
4 posted on 07/18/2003 9:27:50 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne
I'm sure that even as we speak, He is winging his way to North Korea with his "crack team" of "highly skilled" negotiators to deal with this.
Sleep easy JEC is on the job!
5 posted on 07/18/2003 9:34:08 AM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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To: Valin
"crack team"

All of a sudden this starts to make sense in a twisted sort of way...   Heh heh heh...

6 posted on 07/18/2003 9:44:35 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Valin
There's absolutely no proof they have WMD.

You'll just have to be patient, and wait until they nuke somebody.

7 posted on 07/18/2003 9:53:00 AM PDT by G.Mason (Lessons of life need not be fatal)
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To: Valin
"Official: N. Korea Poses Nuclear Threat"

No! You dont say?
This guy is a regular Einstein isn't he?
8 posted on 07/18/2003 1:25:20 PM PDT by Enemy Of The State (If we don't take action now, We settle for nothing later!)
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