The North Korean Godzilla stirs, again....
North Korea already has an ICBM, the Taepodong-2, capable of reaching targets 9,300 miles away. This covers the entire continental United States. Miami, the major American city farthest from Pyongyang, is 7,700 miles away.
Meanwhile, South Korea is renegotiating its nuclear technology agreement with the US. Nuclear power provides 36 percent of the South's energy needs; the South wants 60 percent via nuclear power by 2030. It also wants to enrich uranium & reprocess plutonium, the two routes to creating a nuclear weapons capability; the US is opposed to this, despite North Korea's having joined the nuclear weapon state club.
South Korea flirted with developing nuclear weapon technology in the early 1970s, and admitted in 2004 that it had worked on plutonium reprocessing in 1984 & uranium enrichment in 2000.
The US seeks to hold South Korea to a 1992 agreement with North Korea prohibiting uranium enrichment & plutonium reprocessing. The US does this even though the North has violated the accord. It has tested a plutonium bomb, and is building a uranium enrichment plant.
As historian Warren Kozak warns us, catastrophic strategic surprise could be inflicted on us anytime. We could someday suffer a nuclear Pearl Harbor. On today's 70th anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl, we should be especially mindful of that strategic risk.
Bottom Line. Once again, US arms controllers insist that allied countries obey arms control agreements even when their mortal adversaries flagrantly & repeatedly violate them. Unilateral adherence is not bilateral arms control, but unilateral disarmament.
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