Obama’s weak foreign policy could cost the United States big – again. Just a day after threatening long-range rocket launches, North Korea declared Tuesday that it has upgraded and restarted all of its atomic fuel plants so it can produce more — and more sophisticated — nuclear weapons.
Of course they’ll be willing to stop — as soon as Obama opens up the American taxpayer wallet and pays up.
Outside analysts see the back-to-back warnings as part of a general North Korean playbook of using claimed improvements in its nuclear and missile programs to push for talks with the United States to provide the impoverished country with concessions and eased sanctions.
In other words, most experts in the region see North Korea’s angry rhetoric as a way to shake Obama down for billions in economic relief and aid.
If America doesn’t pay, analysts say there’s fear in the Obama Administration that each North Korean rocket and nuclear test puts it another big step closer to its stated goal of an arsenal of nuclear-tipped long-range missiles that can hit the U.S. mainland.
North Korea conducted three nuclear tests and a series of steadily improving long-range rocket launches, and some analysts see Tuesday’s announcement as foreshadowing an upcoming fourth nuclear test, which would push North Korea further along in its nuclear aims.
North Korea said Tuesday in its state media that, as it pledged to do in 2013, the plutonium and highly enriched uranium facilities at its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex have finally been “rearranged, changed or readjusted and they started normal operation.” It said its scientists had improved “the levels of nuclear weapons with various missions in quality and quantity.”
North Korea, an autocracy run by the same family since 1948, closely controls information about its nuclear program, which it describes as a sovereign right meant to combat U.S. military hostility. As a result, just what is happening at Nyongbyon is unclear. North Korea booted out international inspectors in 2009 under Obama’s watch, and independent assessments by outside experts since then have been spotty.
At various points in the decades-long standoff over its nuclear ambitions, North Korea has said it has shut down or restarted its atomic fuel production. In 2013, it said it would restart a plutonium reactor that had been shuttered under a 2007 disarmament agreement coordinated in part by then-president George W Bush.
On Monday, the North’s aerospace agency said it is ready to launch new satellites aboard long-range rockets as part of celebrations of next month’s ruling communist party anniversary.
The West considers these covers for banned tests of long-range missiles.
The Korean Peninsula remains in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea as deterrence against potential aggression from North Korea.
The Associated Press contributed to this story
Douglas Weiss says
Exactly what we will experience from Iran. Both countries know the US wont do anything militarily. Policies of appeasement do not work dam it, haven’t we learned anything from history. Or do we just want to repeat it again and again like Groundhog Day.
North Korea has been doing this for uncounted years and always with success. We just keep paying their bribery until next time and the one after.
Tadhg McLir says
Even Bill Murry learned something in Groundhog day. I sincerely believe obama will NEVER learn.
Kevin P. Maher says
Spreading more fear, just what we need, another war ! OK, all you war like idiots, you all go first, then we will follow. I am a Marine, but war because it is profitable is ludicrousness ! Make war profiteering not profitable and all this fear mongering nonsense will stop. PS just because your stupid doesn’t mean you have to follow assh*les that want war for their profit, so do a little research before you buy this BS, just saying.
Barbara Sullivan says
I can’t believe that it’s happening again! This current administration has buried it’s head in the sand hoping that all these foreign policy problems would just magically disappear!! I mean honestly people what is it going to take to wake you up?? I’ve said it from the very beginning that Obama was the Trojan horse put in place by the radical left to take this country down and by golly all my fears are coming true. Now my biggest fear is that we will not last until the next election cycle to see if the person who replaces him can fix all the atrocities that Obama has committed in his rampant strategy to destroy this great nation.
Two Bushes, One Obama, USA is basically a lost soul wondering who else could be destroyed. They destroyed their own military people, young guys, gave up what, to become disfigured, disabled because the USA stuck their long nose into places they have no idea how that culture really works. If all military people would line up, border to border to prevent any insurgents from entering along with CIA, undercover and FBI people, spies, hackers etc.. if they all did their jobs, there would not be any strife in the USA. America loves to stick their long nose into everybody’s business, for what? America the free will never be free again with all these threats from every country out there that’s been insulted by America. Remember “death to America” still an agreement was signed with Iran, why? Because the USA is “chicken” afraid of Iran, afraid of Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Russia, China, North Korea, the entire world, everyone seems to be against the USA, can’t figure out why!!!
Susan Hiza says
Amazing Barbara, Trojan Horse were the exact words that came to mind some time
back. I still don’t believe he is a legal candidate for President of the USA, his records
have been scrubbed cleaner than a hounds tooth, his college roommate swears he
was a practicing Moslem in college and Joan Rivers died mysteriously right after
telling a reporter that he was gay. What kind of person did we elect, someone who
had us all fooled, someone who seems to have something to blackmail most of
Congress and half the Supreme Court with, that’s who. What is amazing is that
there have been no attempts on his life and you know there has been no other
President so deserving as Obama and yet he seems to be bullet-proof and why
is that I keep wondering.
What the west has not learned is that those such as North Korea, Iran, IS, and such do not think in a civilized humanitarian way. Their logic is to bash and kill and to hell with the logic. Their thinking is psychotic. It’s not normal so to try and deal with them in a normal manner is a waste of time and money. They have to be thumped! Hard!
I couldn’t agree more!
Gary Mercatante says
Another sign of the End Times for America and Great Britain. One of the prophecies in the book of Deuteronomy, concerning the modern nations of Israel that fall away from God’s Laws, is that God will “break the pride of our power”. In other words, we will still have stupendous power at our disposal, but we will be absolutely gutless to use it. Need proof? We didn’t have any trouble declaring war against a powerful Germany in 1941, yet less than a decade later, we couldn’t stand up to North Korea! And it has been like that ever since! Say what you want about him, but with the exception of Ronald Reagan, we haven’t had a whole lot in the form of “leadership” these past 50 years or so. We are being punished with people that are anything BUT leaders.
Donald Foust says
Like Donald Trump or not, he is right concerning our leaders in the white house. These leaders are stupid! First we suck up to Iran and make deals with the Devil and now North Korea is seeing a good deal too and is jumping onto the money train. How much are we going to take before this nation wakes up and be great again. Yes God must come first and if we follow his lead, then the red sea will open and America will be great again!!!
charles brownlee says
for those of you who are wondering what the hell is happening, I will suggest you pull up “the Fabian society” for a true view of the mega situation. you will find their info fits in perfectly w/ the coarse Obama has put America on! You will form your own opinion of coarse; mine–“oh! my God!”
Wayne Williamson says
Interesting angle. But really NK is ready to fall. I know. Watch…….
Ken jones says
I say we do not have to kill anyone just set off and EMP above all the troubling nations before Isis does it to us then we have 200 years to get it right again
Polycarp Flavius says
it’s apparent N. Korea got on the wrong side of China again.
North. Korea does not need a delivery rocket. Miles of unprotected coastline in mexico.suitcase size weapon under tons of fish in lead lined case on fishing boat dellivered to mexican drug cartel who deliver it to city of choice anywhere in the Americas. Don’t believe people who want to put you at ease.Easier to smuggle weapons then people. Be watchful always for what people consider impossible!