Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ex-CIA Director Says N. Korean Nuke Test Likely

'We've Seen this Pattern,' Says Michael Hayden

Commenting on North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong Un, and on growing concern that the country is preparing a nuclear test following last week's missile launch, former CIA director Michael Hayden told VOA: "We have seen this pattern in the past, where they have a missile launch, the rest of the world has responded and rather than to compromise or to negotiate, the North has taken another provocative action and in several instances, in two instances the provocative action has been an attempt at a nuclear test."

Hayden said some analysts believe the untested new leader's actions may be an attempt to show his strength.  But others say the missile launch--just weeks after an announced agreement not to carry out such tests and to stop nuclear development in return for food aid--may have been inevitable.

"Both the missile test and the food aid from the United States were set in motion by Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un is not yet quite strong enough in his own position to have turned off either since they were both started by his father," Hayden said.