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(ANd last week NKorea threatened to preemptively attack us)<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Tenet: North Korea has ballistic missile capable of hitting U.S.<br><br>
Wednesday, February 12, 2003 Posted: 2:26 PM EST (1926 GMT)<br><br><br><br>
CIA Director Tenet testified Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.<br><br><br><br>
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- North Korea has an untested ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States, top U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday.<br><br><br><br>
While testifying at a Senate committee hearing in Washington, CIA Director George Tenet was asked whether North Korea had a ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. West Coast.<br><br><br><br>
Before answering, Tenet turned to very quickly consult with aides sitting behind him.<br><br><br><br>
"I think the declassified answer, is yes, they can do that," Tenet said.<br><br><br><br>
Defense Intelligence Agency Director Vice Adm. Lowell Jacoby, also testifying at the hearing, said outside the hearing room that the North Korean missile has not yet been flight tested, according to The Associated Press.<br><br><br><br>
Moments earlier Tenet said it was likely that North Korea had been able to produce as many as two plutonium-based nuclear weapons.<br><br><br><br>
The estimate is not new -- it was laid out in an unclassified CIA document in December 2001-- but Tenet is the most senior U.S. official to say so publicly.<br><br><br><br>
The 2001 report said North Korea's Taepo Dong 2 missile may be capable of hitting the West Coast of the United States, as well Alaska and Hawaii.<br><br><br><br>
The revelation came shortly after the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency declared North Korea in breach of international nuclear agreements and sent the issue to the U.N. Security Council.<br><br><br><br>
The International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation executive board voted 31-0 to cite Pyongyang for being in breach of U.N. safeguards. Two countries, Russia and Cuba, abstained.<br><br><br><br>
Russia had expressed concern over sending the matter to the Security Council, fearing it could push North Korea into further defiance. Sudan was not allowed to vote because it has not paid its dues, and another nation was not present.<br><br><br><br>
Some officials have said there are moves to create a package for North Korea that would try to achieve a diplomatic solution. But the Security Council also could impose sanctions on Pyongyang in an attempt to persuade the North to drop its nuclear plans.<br><br><br><br>
North Korea has said such a move would amount to a declaration of war.<br><br><br><br>
The decision to send the matter to the Security Council comes at the same time that body has been dealing with weapons inspections in Iraq and whether Baghdad has been in compliance with U.N. Resolution 1441, which calls on Iraq to disarm.<br><br><br><br>
Friday, the two top U.N. weapons inspectors report back to the council on their latest findings within Iraq.<br><br><br><br>
European Union international policy chief Javier Solana -- who spent the last two days in meetings in South Korea -- said earlier Wednesday that now is not the time to impose sanctions on North Korea.<br><br><br><br>
"I don't think this is the moment to do sanctions, and I do think the sanctions may contribute to the opposite that we want to obtain, which is defusing of the crisis," Solana said before the IAEA vote.<br><br><br><br>
During his visit to Seoul, Solana has met with top South Korean officials, including President Kim Dae-jung, President-elect Roh Moo-hyun, the foreign minister and the minister of defense.<br><br><br><br>
Solana also may travel to North Korea in the coming weeks to discuss ways to defuse the nuclear impasse. He said he would base the timing of any mission to Pyongyang on the wishes of North Korea's neighbors.<br><br><br><br>
"All of them have told me 'the sooner, the better,' so we will do it the sooner, the better, Solana said.<br><br><br><br>
Tensions have mounted on the Korean peninsula since last October when the United States said North Korea admitted to secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program in violation of a 1994 deal.<br><br><br><br>
Pyongyang, which denies the U.S. claim, responded by backing out of a nuclear non-proliferation treaty earlier this year, kicking out U.N. nuclear monitors and restarting a mothballed nuclear power plant in a move it says will compensate for an energy shortfall.</div>
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The situation in North-Korea seems to be bad, I read somewhere about starvation and it seems to get worse as the world food plan is stopping as donations from countrys go down.<br><br><br><br>
It always takes a while to get things clear and read/hear a countrys real meaning.<br><br>
While the US shouts WAR, there is not much attention for Korea.<br><br><br><br>
Cant really judge it now, but I wonder why there is no problem spending billions for threatening with war, and (food) aid is so low-budget.
 

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yeah. i think Bush should be more concerned with NKorea right now than Iraq, and should put his military focus on Osama rather than Saddam. what is this guy thinking? by going after Iraq he's leaving his country wide open for attacks from Korea and the terrorists he was so obsessed with up til now. so now he's pissed off yet another country and sooner or later they're all gonna go after him and it won't be pretty. i just hope someone puts an end to all this before it gets really out of hand.
 

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I don't think North Korea will attack us, because as someone put it, we would turn them into a charcoal briquet. I think that it would be nice if we could keep other countries from getting nucs, but I don't see how that's possible. I think whoever ends up in power in Iraq (if we do bomb them) will try to get them, as well. It's silly to think it's just Saddam.<br><br>
Nucs give countries irresistable power. I just heard that Iran is trying to get nucs now. Everybody wants in this party, it seems.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by 1vegan</i><br><br><b>The situation in North-Korea seems to be bad, I read somewhere about starvation and it seems to get worse as the world food plan is stopping as donations from countrys go down.</b></div>
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I'd heard that South Korea has a surplus of rice (which won't be going to those in NK who need it).<br><br><br><br>
Also, Japan has apparently threatened a pre-emptive strike on NK if there is any indication NK will attack Japan.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Kurmudgeon</i><br><br><b>I'd heard that South Korea has a surplus of rice (which won't be going to those in NK who need it).<br><br></b></div>
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I don't get what you mean by that, but I guess it's the same for all the food surplusses in the world.<br><br>
You might be starving, but as long no-one pays, you'r e not going to get it.
 

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Thought I post this...<br><br><br><br><b>North Korea threatens to withdraw from Korean War armistice</b><br><br><br><br>
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea threatened on Tuesday to pull out of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, accusing the United States of planning a naval blockade to prepare for a pre-emptive attack.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030218/ap_wo_en_ge/as_gen_nkorea_armistice_8" target="_blank">http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...ea_armistice_8</a>
 
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