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PacNet #10 – Dealing with the DPRK: Time to Face the Problem

While the Bush administration is to be commended for not overreacting (or reacting in kind) to North Korea’s saber rattling and for its commitment to seek a diplomatic solution to the current nuclear standoff, Washington needs to stop pretending that there is no "crisis" or that there is no difference between one to two suspected nuclear devices and a full-blown nuclear weapons program involving the extraction of enough plutonium to make (or sell) numerous bombs. This is both a Peninsula security and a nonproliferation crisis, and must be dealt with as such.