Before the ink is even dry on President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, the subject of the last nuclear agreement conducted with a rogue state by Democratic President Bill Clinton in the ‘90s, the North Korean Dear Leader, Kim Jong-un, has just threatened to nuke the United States.
In addition, the Associated Press reports that the director of the North’s Atomic Energy Institute said the country was ready to counter any U.S. hostility with “nuclear weapons any time,” and said scientists had “made innovations day by day” to “guarantee the reliability of the nuclear deterrent … as required by the prevailing situation.”
The threat comes on the heels of a North Korean announcement that the regime has restarted production of nuclear fuel in its secret laboratories. North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests in defiance of international sanctions and isolation due to its nuclear weapons program. Western powers as well as China are concerned North Korea is developing the technology to mount miniaturized nuclear weapons on top of intercontinental ballistic missiles which would give the regime the ability to attack the United States and others.
North Korea also stated it have the capability and will to launch satellites into orbit on long-range rockets as early as next month during an important national anniversary.
“Space development for peaceful purposes is a sovereign state’s legitimate right … and the people of (North Korea) are fully determined to exercise this right no matter what others may say about it,” the director told Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency. The world will “clearly see a series of satellites soaring into the sky at times and locations determined” by the Workers’ Party.
Here are Mr. Clinton’s remarks about the North Korean nuclear agreement:
“Good afternoon. I am pleased that the United States and North Korea yesterday reached agreement on the text of a framework document on North Korea’s nuclear program. This agreement will help to achieve a longstanding and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.
“This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world. It reduces the danger of the threat of nuclear spreading in the region. It’s a crucial step toward drawing North Korea into the global community.”
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