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And since we’re ignoring everything around the world except Ebola, this is happening…

North Korea now has the ability to produce a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can be mounted atop a ballistic missile.

That is the assessment of Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the senior U.S. commander on the Korean Peninsula, as he talked to reporters Friday. Scaparrotti also concluded that Pyongyang has a functioning long-range mobile missile launcher.

Although North Korea has conducted three nuclear explosion tests and several medium-and long-range missile test firings, it had not been known whether the regime had developed a nuclear warhead sufficiently small to fit on top of a missile with the range to reach the continental United States.

“Personally I think that they certainly have had the expertise in the past. They’ve had the right connections [with Iran and Pakistan],” commented Scaparrotti, “and so I believe have the capability to have miniaturized a [nuclear] device at this point, and they have the technology to potentially actually deliver what they say they have [and] I think they have a launcher that will carry it at this point.”

via US General: North Korea Now Has Nuclear Warheads for Missiles.

But, if you are a student of history, or just some poor schmuck that lived through it, you’ll remember that we went through something like this back in the 90s.

I was stationed in the ROK from 1993-1996. I saw a lot of Korea’s political turmoil and went through a lot of alerts and in 1994, there was one particular one that was different from the rest. We actually pulled our ammo, loaded up all our shit, and made a mad dash towards the North. We came to a halt looking straight into North Korea. And we sat there. Thankfully, we didn’t have to start slinging lead down range. My point? We’ve done this already. They bit us in our ass for being nice and taking them at their word.

Let’s see how that works out this time around, eh? Please note, it’s another Democrat administration playing this game with them again. The Norks know who to play.

Some background into the previous fiasco in the 90s, you’ll notice about half way through that McCain “urged a number of additional military steps for the United States” that’s the part where we rattled our sabres:

North Korea Nuclear Crisis
February 1993 – June 1994

The nuclear challenge from North Korea in 1993 and 1994 focused on halting of the existing North Korean nuclear program, which by June 1994 was poised to leap forward in its production of weapons-grade plutonium.

In late 1991 North and South Korea signed an Agreement on Reconciliation, Non-aggression, Exchanges and Cooperation and the Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The Joint Declaration called for a bilateral nuclear inspection regime to verify the denuclearization of the peninsula and in 1991 George Bush pulled American tactical nuclear weapons off the Korean Peninsula. The Declaration, which came into force on 19 February 1992, states that the two sides “shall not test, manufacture, produce, receive, possess, store, deployor use nuclear weapons,” and that they “shall not possess nuclear reprocessing and uranium enrichment facilities.” When North Korean Deputy Prime Minister Kim Tal-Hyon visited South Korea for economic talks in July 1992, President Roh Tae Woo announced that full North-South Economic Cooperation would not be possible without resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue. There was little progress toward the establishment of an inspection regime, and dialogue between the South and North stalled in the fall of 1992.

Pyongyang finally signed the accord with the IAEA in 1992. The North’s agreement to accept The North’s agreement to accept IAEA safeguards initiated a series of IAEA inspections of North Korea’s nuclear facilities. This promising development was halted by the North’s refusal to allow special inspections of two unreported facilities suspected of holding nuclear waste. Ignoring the South-North Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, North Korea refused IAEA inspections and operated nuclear reprocessing facilities, making the world suspicious of its nuclear intentions.

On February 10, 1993, North Korea refused to permit the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to conduct special inspections, as permitted under the terms of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), of two undeclared nuclear-related sites to clarify discrepancies related to North Korea’s nuclear program, and on March 12, 1993, North Korea announced its intention to withdraw from the NPT effective on June 12, 1993, due to the insistence of the IAEA on exercising inspection rights under the NPT.

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And today, we have this gem:

US: North Korea suspends nuclear activities, takes food aid

As its population suffers widespread malnutrition, North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and put a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests in exchange for 240,000 metric tons of food and the promise for potentially more to come.

U.S. State Department announced Wednesday that after two days of talks in Beijing last week the North has agreed to allow International Atomic Energy Inspectors to verify and monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment and confirm disablement of its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.

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