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In April 2003, North Korea drew the obvious conclusion from the US and British aggression against Iraq. The war showed, it commented at the time, "that to allow disarmament through inspections does not help avert a war, but rather sparks it". Only "a tremendous military deterrent force", it stated with unavoidable logic, could prevent attacks on states the world's only superpower was determined to bring to heel.
Nukes 'Politically Retarded', says Ahmadinejad
By Press TV
May 25, 2009 "Press TV" -- -As the West continues to press Iran on its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the country considers developing nuclear weapons as "politically retarded".
Iran says nuclear weapons are "un-Islamic" and "developing, producing or stockpiling nuclear weapons are forbidden under the rule of Islam."
Israel's Nuclear Hysteria Contrasts with Korean Calm
By Gwynne Dyer
May 26, 2009 "New Zealand Herald" -- - Why are Koreans so much braver than Israelis when faced with the threat of nuclear weapons?
North Korea's second underground nuclear test, much bigger than its first in October 2006, did not cause panic in South Korea. Even when North Korea conducted a short-range missile test only hours after the explosion, to underline that all of South Korea lies open to nuclear attack, South Koreans went about their business as usual. Nobody fled the country to escape from the threat.
Israel's nuclear weapons are not meant only to deter a nuclear attack on Israel. They would serve that purpose quite well, but they are also configured to give Israel "extended" deterrence; that is, the ability to stop a variety of other things from happening by threatening to use nuclear weapons.