Wednesday, February 09, 2005

North Korea's Announcement

North Korea has just announced that it has manufactured nuclear weapons and that it does not plan to participate in multilateral talks sought by the Bush Administration. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said, "We had already taken the resolute action of pulling out of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and have manufactured nukes to cope with the Bush administration's evermore undisguised policy to isolate and stifle the DPRK (North Korea)."

The Bush Administration's anti-proliferation policy appears to be faltering in both Iran and North Korea. Meanwhile, the just-released FY 2006 budget cuts U.S. contributions to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. The CTBTO has responsibility for global nuclear weapons test monitoring.