March 1, 2007


U.S. Concedes Uncertainty on North Korean Uranium Effort (DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD, 3/01/07, NY Times)

Last October, the North Koreans tested their first nuclear device, the fruition of decades of work to make a weapon out of plutonium.

For nearly five years, though, the Bush administration, based on intelligence estimates, has accused North Korea of also pursuing a secret, parallel path to a bomb, using enriched uranium. That accusation, first leveled in the fall of 2002, resulted in the rupture of an already tense relationship: The United States cut off oil supplies, and the North Koreans responded by throwing out international inspectors, building up their plutonium arsenal and, ultimately, producing that first plutonium bomb.

But now, American intelligence officials are publicly softening their position, admitting to doubts about how much progress the uranium enrichment program has actually made.

Yet these guys still believe in the supposed nuclear test.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 1, 2007 7:56 AM

Our permanent bureaucracy is treading water trying to keep a lid on their dastardly acts and if the dems don't take over in 2008, they won't be able to contain it and everything will blow.

There'll be so many bodies littering our by-ways, we won't be able to step over them.

Posted by: erp at March 1, 2007 12:27 PM

"For nearly five years, though, the Bush administration, based on intelligence estimates..." Bush only? Why the hell did Clinton send those millions to build a nuclear power plant in North Korea in the first place? As always, NYT suffers from amnesia.

Posted by: ic at March 1, 2007 1:23 PM

THe CIA is wrong about the enrichment but right about the bomb test? Sure.

We need a professional and compentent intelligence agency but we have the CIA instead.

Posted by: Bob at March 1, 2007 2:01 PM

Exactly. They have no nukes.

Posted by: oj at March 1, 2007 5:34 PM