Tuesday, October 25, 2016

U.S. Director of National Intelligence: 'North Korea Will Not Give Up the Nuclear Weapons'

Reuters: Getting North Korea to give up nuclear bomb probably 'lost cause': U.S. spy chief

The U.S. policy of trying to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons "is probably a lost cause" and the best that could be hoped for is a cap on the country's nuclear capability, the Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday.

However, underscoring conflicting views in the Obama administration, the State Department said U.S. policy was unchanged and continued to be to seek the "verifiable denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.

President Barack Obama has repeatedly stated that the United States will never accept North Korean as a nuclear-armed state.

Clapper made clear at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in New York he did not think that the policy the administration has stuck to, in spite of repeated North Korean nuclear tests, was realistic.

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More News On The U.S. Director of National Intelligence Saying That 'North Korea Will Not Give Up the Nuclear Weapons'

Denuclearizing N. Korea a 'lost cause,' US intel chief says -- AFP
James Clapper says North Korea denuclearisation a 'lost cause' -- BBC
US intel chief: North Korea will never give up nukes -- CNN
North Korea Unlikely To Give Up Nuclear Weapons; DNI Calls Denuclearization Of Korean Peninsula ‘Lost Cause’ -- IBTimes
Notion of Getting N. Korea to Denuclearize ‘Lost Cause’ - US Intelligence Chief -- Sputnik
News Wrap: National Intelligence director doubts North Korea will relinquish nuclear weapons -- PBS

The White House is distancing itself from the Director's comments .... US Still Committed to Denuclearization Process in North Korea (Sputnik).

Update #2: This is probably the reason why Director Clapper made the remarks on North Korea that he did today .... North Korea Stresses Security Fears in Informal U.S. Talks (Bloomberg).

1 comment:

opit said...

Given that the United States has done everything in its power to discourage North Korea from holding to a disarmament promotion by making it impossible to fund operation of an independent IAEA by use of dishonouring US funds held by them ; and effectively blockading the nation in retaliation for their forthrightness for years, it is no wonder they have given up in despair and conceded that they must have a nuclear deterrent as an operational necessity. This is to deter specifically the nation that attacked them unprovoked and killed roughly 28% of their population in bombing attacks after the Chinese threw 'coalition' forces out of North Korea in the 1950's.
They only restarted their nuclear program in 2003 after G W Bush ceased to honour a program which would have provided civilian power without use of nuclear electrical generation plants.