Tuesday, March 06, 2012

US-N. Korea Deal Has Holes

Turns out, the U.S.-North Korea agreement has holes big enough to accommodate a Mack truck--or a barrage of nuclear-tipped, ballistic missiles.

The moratorium at one nuclear complex may allow North Korea to continue uranium enrichment activities at other facilities; and the regime may have already stockpiled sufficient materials to make nuclear warheads for short-range missiles capable of striking South Korean and U.S. forces.

So says a real expert, Naoko Aoki, a Japanese journalist based in Washington, DC, who has visited the North 18 times. Click here to read her report.

UPDATE: Satellite Images
Show NK Reactor Progress

Satellite images released by a private, Washington-based group show that North Korea has made progress in the construction of a light-water reactor at its key nuclear Yongbyon complex north of the capital, Pyongyang.

The February 3 images of the nuclear site, released by the Institute of Science and International Security, show that the reactor's turbine building appeared externally complete — in contrast with September 20 images of the site that showed construction was still going on.

One ISIS analyst says the images indicate the reactor's dome is not yet in place, meaning that the reactor is not operational.

The images were taken less than a month before North Korea agreed to suspend certain nuclear and missile activities in return for food aid.