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Between North Korea and Iran

North Korea wikicommons/Suzuki

Iran is desperate to have the capacity for nuclear weapons – and the West should be desperate to prevent it from obtaining such capabilities. This same scenario has already occurred with another menacing nation. Writing at Israel Hayom, Michael Tuchfeld likens what is occurring with the Iranian nuclear talks with previous agreements made with North Korea:

One day in October 2013, researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s U.S.-Korea Institute who were examining satellite images of the North Korean Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center saw vapor rising and water flowing out from the reactor’s cooling system — a sign that the reactor was, suddenly, in operation. The reactor, which produced plutonium for nuclear bombs, was closed following a February 2007 deal with six world powers, after the United States agreed to unfreeze $25 million in North Korean bank accounts and to provide food shipments. The reactor’s cooling tower was dismantled over several months, and the process was broadcast on international television. The United States was praised for the accomplishment, and the president declared that the efforts to stop the North Korean nuclear program had borne fruit.

Less than two weeks after the first discovery, the researchers saw that construction was underway at Sohae Satellite Launching Station to adapt the facility for the use of long-range ballistic missiles. The initial agreement to dismantle the Yongbyon facility was signed in 1994. In return, the Koreans were promised that they could build two nuclear reactors to provide electricity. It became clear to everyone that the regime in Pyongyang was making a mockery of all the agreements signed in recent years and that the North Korean nuclear program was in its heyday. So far, the Koreans have carried out three nuclear tests, two of them while U.S. President Barack Obama has been in office.

You don’t need to be particularly clever to make the comparison between the North Korean nuclear issue and that of Iran…

The Iranians, just like the North Koreans, will continue to play everyone, since that is in their interest. The different details released about the deal in the Iranian announcement and that of the world powers prove that the only thing made in Lausanne last week was Swiss cheese, with bigger holes than ever before.

Tags: Nuclear Weapons , Korea

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