Political relations of the DPRK
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- North Korea’s bomb: Catch-22?
- By Aidan Foster-Carter, Asia Times, 30
October 2002. North Korea admits it has a covert nuclear
program. The Foreign Ministry insisted that
the DPRK was entitled to possess not only nuclear
weapon but any type of weapon more powerful than
that. Kim Jong-il will have to choose between his
nukes and his economy. It could be they don't have a
policy or are arguing furiously over which path to
- North Korea is Asking for Too Much in the
Nuclear Crisis—Or is It?
- By Anthony DiFilippo, Foreign Policy
in Focus,, 15 November 2002. Pyongyang is asking
Washington to drop its hostile and aggressive policy, to
recognize its sovereignty and to not impede the
development of its economy. She is interested in signing a
non-aggression treaty with Washington—a small price
to pay to keep her party to the Agreed Framework and
ultimately to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
- North Korea Warns ‘Sanctions Mean a
- By Peter S. Goodman, Washington
Post, Tuesday 7 January 2003. North Korea today
issued a warning of unrestrained war in the event that the
U.S. and its allies impose economic sanctions to force the
isolated country to halt work at a nuclear reactor capable
of producing atomic weapons.
- U.S. forced North Korea’s hand
- By Gavan McCormack, Pacific News Service, 13 January
2003. It was the U.S. which first voided a Geneva
agreement to keep nuclear weapons capability out of North
Korean hands. Now, after living under threat —at
times explicit—of U.S. nuclear attack, and after
several of its recent, conciliatory moves were rejected,
North Korea is speaking the only language Washington seems
to recognize—that of military might.
- U.S. Criticized for Halting N. Korea
- By Doug Struck, Washington
Post, Sunday 19 January 2003. Analysts Say Food
Shipments Are Being Used as Political Tool in Nuclear
Crisis. The U.S. delivered its last shipment of grain to
North Korea on Dec. 10 and has imposed strict conditions
for resuming food aid, leading analysts to conclude that
Washington is using hunger as a weapon in its
confrontation with North Korea over nuclear weapons.