Sunday, December 12, 2004

U.S. Overstates North Korea Threat?

Yahoo News carries this AP story about an expert's view of the threat of the DPRK:
Selig Harrison wrote in the Dec. 17 issue of Foreign Affairs that the Bush administration claimed Pyongyang was on its way to producing weapons-grade uranium to scare allies Japan and South Korea into a tougher stance on the communist nation. Bush has labeled North Korea part of an "axis of evil" with Iran and prewar Iraq...
"Relying on sketchy data, the Bush administration presented a worst-case scenario as an incontrovertible truth and distorted its intelligence on North Korea (much as it did on Iraq), seriously exaggerating the danger that Pyongyang is secretly making uranium-based nuclear weapons," he said.

Gosh, my mistake, too. I guess the development of long range missiles by the DPRK and the threats the North Koreans made to Japan of creating a "nuclear sea of fire" should have been ignored.

I feel so much better now.

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