Statement by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on North Korea’s Declared Nuclear TEST ON MAY 25, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 

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Statement by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on North Korea’s Declared Nuclear Test on May 25, 2009‏

 
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Mr. Dennis C. Blair

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

WASHINGTON, D. C .

20511

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ODNI News Release No. 23-09

June 15, 2009

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

ON NORTH KOREA’S DECLARED NUCLEAR TEST ON MAY 25, 2009

“The U.S. Intelligence Community assesses that North Korea probably conducted an underground nuclear

explosion in the vicinity of P’unggye on May 25, 2009. The explosion yield was approximately a few kilotons.

Analysis of the event continues.”

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Statement by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on North Korea’s Declared Nuclear Test on May 25, 2009

“The U.S. Intelligence Community assesses that North Korea probably conducted an underground nuclear explosion in the vicinity of P’unggye on May 25, 2009.  The explosion yield was approximately a few kilotons.  Analysis of the event continues.”

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

WASHINGTON, D. C .

20511

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ODNI News Release No. 23-09

June 15, 2009

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

ON NORTH KOREA’S DECLARED NUCLEAR TEST ON MAY 25, 2009

“The U.S. Intelligence Community assesses that North Korea probably conducted an underground nuclear

explosion in the vicinity of P’unggye on May 25, 2009. The explosion yield was approximately a few kilotons.

Analysis of the event continues.”

# # #

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A Japanese newspaper has reported that the son of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il, pictured, has visited Beijing recently to tell the Chinese leadership that he had been anointed as the reclusive state’s next leader.

 

Graphic on the key processing steps needed to create a nuclear bomb. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak on Monday started a visit to the United States to coordinate action on North Korea, as one of his ministers said Pyongyang had been running a secret weapons program for years.

(AFP/Graphic)

A North Korea long-range rocket — allegedly carrying a communication satellite — was launched from Hwadae-gun in April 2009. The UN Security Council voted unanimously Friday to adopt tougher sanctions targeting North Korea’s atomic and ballistic missile programs, but the Stalinist state was reportedly sticking to its nuclear defiance.

(AFP/KCNA/File)

 

 

This undated handout photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on January 5, 2009 shows a missile-firing drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea. The US government has signaled that it was seeking a way to interdict, possibly with China?s help, North Korean sea and air shipments suspected of carrying weapons or nuclear technology, The New York Times reported Monday.

(AFP/KNS/Kcna)

The United Nations Security Council meets on North Korea’s nuclear policy at the United Nations. The Security Council voted unanimously Friday to slap tougher UN sanctions on North Korea to cripple its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, but Washington said Pyongyang might respond with "further provocation.

"(AFP/Don Emmert)

 

TV footage from the National Chinese Television shows North Korea’s cooling tower seconds before its demolition at the Yongbyon nuclear complex in June 2008. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has heaped praise on the military as his country defies United Nations sanctions by vowing to increase its nuclear arsenal, state media said Sunday.

Unused fuel rods at a warehouse at North Korea’s nuclear complex in Yongbyon. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has heaped praise on the military as his country defies United Nations sanctions by vowing to increase its nuclear arsenal, state media said

(AFP/HO/File)

 

Map of North Korea’s nuclear installations. North Korea’s ailing leader Kim Jong-Il has named his youngest son Jong-Un — a 26-year-old Swiss-educated basketball fan — as heir to his communist dynasty.

(AFP iactiv)

 

 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il inspects a unit of the Korean People’s Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea. There has been growing speculation in Washington that North Korea may conduct its third-ever nuclear test, even after the United Nations Security Council last week unanimously voted to tighten sanctions on Pyongyang.

(AFP/KCNA/KNS/File)

 

 

North Korean soldiers guard the bank of the Yalu River near the Chongsong County of North Korea, opposite the Chinese border town of Hekou June 15, 2009. North Korea at the weekend responded to U.N. punishment for its May 25 nuclear test by saying it was weaponising plutonium, separating more fissile material and starting a uranium enrichment programme.

REUTERS/Jacky Chen (NORTH KOREA POLITICS MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

 

South Korean soldiers walk along a barbed wire fence in Paju near the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas. US President Barack Obama was set to meet with the leader of South Korea, who is seeking security guarantees as a standoff escalates with nuclear-armed North Korea.

(AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

NKorea warns of nuclear war amid rising tensions

By VIJAY JOSHI, Associated Press Writer Vijay Joshi, Associated Press Writer – Sun Jun 14, 2:02 pm ET

 

AP – South Korean protesters burn North Korean national flags during a rally, denouncing the ninth anniversary …

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s president ordered his top security officials Sunday to deal "resolutely and squarely" with new North Korean warnings of a nuclear war on the eve of his U.S. visit. In Washington, Vice President Joe Biden said "God only knows" what North Korea wants from the latest showdown.

President Lee Myung-bak travels to Washington on Monday for talks with President Barack Obama that are expected to focus on the North’s rogue nuclear and missile programs.

The trip comes after North Korea’s Foreign Ministry threatened war with any country that stops its ships on the high seas under new sanctions approved by the U.N. Security Council in response to its May 25 nuclear test.

It also vowed Saturday to "weaponize" all its plutonium and acknowledged a long-suspected uranium enrichment program for the first time. Both plutonium and uranium are key ingredients of atomic bombs.

A commentary published Saturday in the North’s state-run Tongil Sinbo weekly claimed the U.S. was deploying a vast number of nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan.

North Korea "is completely within the range of U.S. nuclear attack and the Korean peninsula is becoming an area where the chances of a nuclear war are the highest in the world," it said.

Kim Yong-kyu, a spokesman at the U.S. military command in Seoul, denied the allegation, saying the U.S. no longer has nuclear bombs in South Korea. U.S. tactical nuclear weapons were removed from South Korea in 1991 as part of arms reductions following the Cold War.

President Lee summoned his top security ministers Sunday and ordered them to "resolutely and squarely cope" with the North’s threats, his office said. The Unification Ministry, responsible for ties with the North, issued a statement demanding that it stop inflaming tension and resume talks with the South.

"North Korea should give up its nuclear program … and stop any kind of military threat," it said. "We urge North Korea to respond in a sincere dialogue to improve South-North Korean relations."

The new U.N. sanctions approved Friday are aimed at depriving the North of the financing used to build its nuclear program. They also authorize searches of North Korean ships suspected of transporting illicit ballistic missile and nuclear materials.

Biden told NBC’s "Meet the Press" that it’s crucial that the U.S. and other nations "make sure those sanctions stick."

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Il, reportedly had a stroke 10 months ago and analysts believe there may be a plan in place to name his inexperienced 26-year-old son, Kim Jong Un, as the future leader.

"God only knows what he wants," Biden said of Kim. "There’s all kinds of discussions. Whether this is about succession, wanting his son to succeed him. Whether or not he’s looking for respect. Whether or not he really wants a nuclear capability to threaten the region. … We can’t guess his motives.

"We just have to deal with the reality that a North Korea that is either proliferating weapons and or missiles, or a North Korea that is using those weapons … is a serious danger and threat to the world, and particularly East Asia," the vice president said.

Lee Sang-hyun, an analyst at the Sejong Institute, a South Korean security think tank, said he believes the North will continue to conduct nuclear tests until it masters the technology to mount nuclear warheads on missiles and will give credit for it to Kim Jong Un.

"Kim Jong Un’s status is still unstable. Kim Jong Il appears to be trying to give the son a powerful means to strengthen his succession," Lee said. "Kim Jong Un could also get the credit for nuclear weapons development."

North Korea is already believed to have enough plutonium for at least half a dozen atomic bombs.

North Korea says its nuclear program is a deterrent against the U.S., which it accuses of plotting to invade and topple its regime. Washington, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, has repeatedly denied having any such plans.

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Associated Press writers Jae-soon Chang and Hyung-jin Kim contributed to this report.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090614/ap_on_re_as/as_koreas_nuclear

 

     

          

          

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