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Getting our priorities straight

Getting our priorities straight

Publication: WorldNetDaily.com
Date: December 28, 2002
URL: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=30219

The warhawks have recently had to revise their shucking and jiving routine on television. It turns out that Kim Jung Il has nukes and Saddam Hussein doesn't.

Until recently, the warhawk jive was that Saddam had resumed his nuke programs as soon as the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors departed Iraq four years ago. They said Saddam would give those nukes to terrorists with orders to nuke you in your jammies.

But, the IAEA inspectors are back in Iraq and will shortly report to the U.N. Security Council that they can find no evidence that Saddam has resumed his nuke programs.

In any case, even Iraqi defectors insist that Saddam would not give nukes to terrorists. He would closely hold them to deter U.S. and Israeli aggression - and to save his donkey.

The warhawks implicitly agree. They have to invade Iraq, now, because they dare not, once Saddam acquires a few nukes. And they don't dare invade North Korea because Kim Jung Il already has nukes.

But you're right to worry more about terrorists getting nukes from Kim than from Saddam. North Korea may be the only country in the world that would make nukes a "cash crop" - to be sold to the highest bidder, including terrorists.

At the moment, their chief cash crop is ballistic missiles. They developed from the basic Soviet Scud missile, the 150 km-range Scud-B, the 500 km-range Scud-C, the 800 km-range Scud-D and the 1,300 km-range NoDong. They are reported to have more than 500 Scud derivatives deployed opposite South Korea and Japan, and have sold hundreds of them to Egypt, Iran, Libya, Syria and Yemen for cash. Most ominously, they have recently sold ballistic missiles to Pakistan in exchange for uranium- enrichment technology and equipment.

Kim recently admitted to us this exchange, but Pakistan reportedly told us about it several years ago.

Now, there was nothing illegal about this on the part of Pakistan. Pakistan is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, nor is it a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Hence, Pakistan was under no obligation to tell the IAEA or anyone else about the exchange.

But North Korea had signed the NPT in 1985 and had executed in 1992 a Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA covering a Soviet- built reactor in operation and two under construction, a fuel-reprocessing plant and a spent-fuel storage facility.

Under the terms of the Clinton-Carter zillion- dollar bribe of 1994 - the so-called Agreed Framework - North Korea was to receive two free 1,000 MWe nuclear power plants in return for "freezing" their safeguarded plutonium- producing reactors and related facilities.

The plutonium-producing reactors used natural uranium as fuel. North Korea has uranium-ore deposits as well as mining and milling facilities for producing natural uranium fuel.

The Clinton-Carter reactors require enriched uranium as fuel. It is conceivable that North Korea sought uranium-enrichment technology and equipment from Pakistan so as to be self- sufficient when it came to reactor fuel supply.

Whatever their intent, under the IAEA Safeguards Agreement, North Korea was obligated to inform the IAEA about it, but didn't. Strangely enough, even though we knew North Korea was in violation of its Safeguards Agreement - as well as with the Agreed Framework - we didn't tell the IAEA, either.

However, for some reason we did confront the North Koreans a few weeks ago and the kimchi promptly hit the fan.

The North Koreans have not only unilaterally cancelled the Agreed Framework, they have attempted to unilaterally cancel the IAEA Safeguards Agreement. They have torn off the IAEA seals, removed the IAEA padlocks, disabled the IAEA monitoring cameras and instruments at all safeguarded facilities and have formally announced withdrawal from the NPT.

They are restarting the 5 MWe plutonium- producing reactor, reactivating the spent-fuel reprocessing plan and have begun reprocessing the plutonium-containing spent fuel.

Now, Kim may - or may not - have intended to enrich uranium for use in nukes. And, Kim may - or may not - already have several plutonium nukes.

But he unquestionably will have within in a few months enough weapons-useable plutonium to make 10 or 12 nukes, and the nukes and/or plutonium will be for sale to the highest bidder if we don't do something.

What do the warhawks intend to do? Why, invade Iraq, of course.

Fortunately, it will take more than a new shucking and jiving routine by the warhawks to get you soccer-moms to worry more about Saddam Hussein providing nukes to al-Qaida than Kim Jung Il.

(Physicist James Gordon Prather has served as a policy implementing official for national security- related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla. -- ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Dr. Prather had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico.)

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