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U.S. Misled Allies on North Korea (from ATSNN)

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posted on Mar, 20 2005 @ 12:22 PM
In a report earlier this year, the U.S. had informed its allies of an exchange of nuclear material between North Korea and Libya. The report was to address North Korea and its growing nuclear inclinations. It is now known that Pakistan was the supplier of nuclear material to Libya, a country who recently has abandoned its nuclear weapon aspiration.
In an effort to increase pressure on North Korea, the Bush administration told its Asian allies in briefings earlier this year that Pyongyang had exported nuclear material to Libya, when the shipment in fact went first to Pakistan, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

North Korea, according to the intelligence, had supplied uranium hexafluoride -- which can be enriched to weapons-grade uranium -- to Pakistan. It was Pakistan, a key U.S. ally with its own nuclear arsenal, that sold the material to Libya. The U.S. government had no evidence, the U.S. officials said, that North Korea knew of the second transaction, according to the Post.

The Bush administration's approach, intended to isolate North Korea, instead left allies increasingly doubtful as they began to learn that the briefings omitted essential details about the transaction, U.S. officials and foreign diplomats quoted by the Post said.

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This is another example of the current administration and its manipulation of the facts. Now, I can understand a kind of information misrepresentation in wartime, but the situation with North Korea is not war. It is the set-up, the establishment of North Koreas capabilities and intentions. A misrepresentation of North Korea's international actions in this case would have a serious effect on how said actions are interpreted with regards to motivations. Associating North Korea with Libya is a move designed only to bring criticism of North Korea, as Libya is in the endgame phase of what we are currently faced with North Korea - Libya purportedly has given up on WMD's and has shipped their stockpile to the U.S.

The U.S. lied in the precipitations of the Iraqi War and now they have been shown to be misrepresenting material to their Allies in a situation that calls for an objective analysis and straight forward communication. The issues of nuclear capability require nothing less. I don't get it....why can the U.S. do this? Dismissing the issue as 'faulty intelligence' is unacceptable at this point because it has happened to many times.

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posted on Mar, 20 2005 @ 01:44 PM
This is pretty old news, I posted it in February as an update to the original ATSNN news story here:

posted on Mar, 20 2005 @ 01:54 PM

Source Originally provided by djohnsto77
The Bush administration's claim this week that North Korea appears to have been the supplier of converted uranium to Libya is based on evidence that could just as easily point to Pakistan, a key U.S. ally, as the source, according to analysts and officials familiar with the data.

Copy that. I suppose the twist then might be towards the behavior of the U.S. and its information dissemination to allies/and the public. The Pakistan angle is recently verified and this definetely points to U.S. misrepresentation......a seeming trend nowadays....

posted on Mar, 20 2005 @ 02:00 PM
This story's already up a little futher down the page:

NEWS: U.S Misled Allies about NK Nuclear Export

posted on Mar, 20 2005 @ 02:09 PM
How embarrassing..........Mods please do as you wil........

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