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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Does North Korea Have Nuclear Weapons or Not?

North Korea's official announcement that it has nuclear weapons should not be taken seriously, the head of the World Nuclear Association said.

John Ritch, speaking in an interview after the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle 2006 conference in Hong Kong, said the situation in North Korea was similar to that in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, when the Iraqi leader exaggerated the country's military capability for political purposes.
You knew this would happen, the inevitable comparisons between the North Korean situation and Iraq. What do you think? Does North Korea have nuclear weapons? Can we afford to discount their claims, especially when we know the countries they have had dealings with?