Obama has sternly and harshly verbally scolded North Korea on 2 contenents, now we are seeing how well Noth Korea has listened, ok to be fair the report states that the North was not fully matured into nuclear weapons delivery until December, so the scolding was just an annoyance to Kim.
From the UK, where reporters still have integrity, objectiveness, and credibility Times Online
From Times Online: April 24, 2009
North Korea is fully fledged nuclear power, experts agree
The world’s intelligence agencies and defence experts are quietly acknowledging that North Korea has become a fully fledged nuclear power with the capacity to wipe out entire cities in Japan and South Korea. The new reality has emerged in off-hand remarks and in single sentences buried in lengthy reports. Increasing numbers of authoritative experts — from the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the US Defence Secretary — are admitting that North Korea has miniaturised nuclear warheads to the extent that they can be launched on medium-range missiles, according to intelligence briefings.The successful work enabling the nuclear devices to be mounted on weapons happened towards the end of last year, according to Daniel Pinkston, of the International Crisis Group think-tank. He says that he has been shown detailed intelligence assessments of the new nuclear capability by a foreign government. Last December, the US Forces Joint Command published an annual report which, for the first time, listed North Korea, alongside China, India, Pakistan and Russia, as one of Asia’s nuclear powers. The US Government insisted that this did not reflect its official policy — but then James Schlesinger, a former US Defence Secretary, delivered a report by a Pentagon task force saying the same thing. “North Korea, India and Pakistan have acquired both nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems,” he said. In January Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, published an article in Foreign Affairs in which he referred to the “arc of nuclear powers running from Israel in the west through an emerging Iran to Pakistan, India, and on to China, North Korea, and Russia in the east”.The danger lies with shorter-range weapons, some of which are difficult to detect. They include variants of the Scud, which could strike South Korea, and the Nodong, which could reach much of Japan. Pyongyang also has a short range weapon called the Toksa, which is highly accurate up to 75 miles. The Musudan, which can be transported by road, could reach US bases on the Pacific island of Guam.
Yep folks, it seems those North Koreans don’t listen too well and they actually WERE continuing a nuclear weapons program under the nose of Clinton, Bush, and yes Obama too. I don’t think strong words and harsh rhetoric will subdue Kim and his comrades from using the threat of a burning Seoul from getting all the respect, power, and influence in the region. History is kind of like sports, in the end all they remember is the final score. North Korea has alreay sent the Russian diplomat sent to try to get them back to the 6 party talks packing, so it seems that everyone now knows the ace up their sleeve that makes them that bold. Add one more to the nuclear weapons club and keep the door open, Iran will be next, very very shortly. Tough talk only means something if you are willing to back it up, and even Kim knows that Obama is a do-nothing, no-action, libral paper tiger. Bring the boys home from Korea and Japan, before the insane leaders in North Korea use them to prove a point.