Thursday, February 10, 2005

North Korea

This ain't good.

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea on Thursday announced for the first time that it has nuclear arms and rejected moves to restart disarmament talks anytime soon, saying it needs the weapons as protection against an increasingly hostile United States.

The communist state’s pronouncement dramatically raised the stakes in the two-year-old nuclear confrontation and posed a grave challenge to President Bush, who started his second term with a vow to end North Korea’s nuclear program through six-nation talks.

The most worrisome part of this is that Kim Jong Il is paranoid, unpredictable, and probably mentally ill. That is not a reassuring combination. I would not feel too comfortable if I lived in Seoul right now.

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