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North Korea secretly and with unusual speed has built a large new facility to enrich uranium, says an American nuclear scientist who visited the site, according to The New York Times.
Hecker, who left North Korea last week, had previously described the construction by the North Korean regime of an experimental light-water reactor, confirming satellite photographs that had recently been made public.
But until now, Hecker has made no mention of the discovery of a new uranium enrichment operation that can be used to produce weapons grade material. He told the Times that the North Koreans claimed 2,000 centrifuges had already been installed and were running.
It was unclear as to why the North provided Hecker with access to the facility and attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.
U.S. officials are certain no such facility existed in April 2009 when the last international nuclear inspectors were thrown out of the country.
Originally posted by silo13
Regardless, the big question is what will the President of the US ‘do’about Korea North and their new up and running reactor?
I can only assume it will not be the same reaction had this report been over, let’s say - Iran.
or else China has dismantled one of it's nuclear facilities, moved it to North Korea, and within a year or more rebuilt it brick by brick very quickly for the North Koreans to have.
Originally posted by silo13
Thank you for voicing my suspicions so succinctly.
That's what just seemed 'wrong' - to fast, too perfect and as the man said 'a very clean and spectacular plant'.
So, is it China?
Perhaps there was a concern over North Korea's nuclear safety record in their research and China was worried about a Chernobyl event in North Korea on their borders and they felt it was best to step in and give North Korea a hand.
Originally posted by silo13
I guess the point I was trying to get at (and would have before now if my computer connection wasn't so bad) is - this just sounds fishy. I don't believe any of it. Maybe it's just me, but, it sounds far to likely this is a set up for some type of false flag action and a lot of finger pointing.
Thanks for your post.
The terrorist we face today, how smart are they? It can be assumed that Bin Ladens main goal is to destroy America. So how could just one attack of terror accomplish this? Well what if he saw it as a way to jump start an economic downturn that could ultimately make us declare bankruptcy. The attacks on 9/11 were horrible and uncalled for but did he know what the long term effects would have on our country, was it all part of his plan? He is responsible for the deployment of our troops and the huge price tag along with it. Did he know that he would ruin the airline industry as well? One thing he does know and that we need to understand, he is virtually unstoppable. I personally believe it would be nearly impossible to put a stop to Bin Laden and his operation, they live in almost inhabitable terrain, and they are virtually invisible. I believe Bin Laden knows the effectiveness of using small radical groups to fight his battle. Do we really know anything about where and how many terrorist cells he has under his command? They are only going to grow as time moves on and things are going to get worse. He does not value the lives of his troops and people as we would, and he has no respect for warfare, so why would someone fight an opponent that is going to fight dirty? Bin Laden has lots of resources which make him more powerful then you know. Do we really know who is in our country? Do you not think Bin Laden knows about the millions of Mexican immigrants that pour into our country illegally, what if they weren’t all Mexicans I mean seriously what’s stopping him from sending his “troops” through with the Mexicans. Along with the possibility of having extremist sneaking into the country look at what he has done to the airline industry. TSA has started new controversial security measures that introduce the usage of full body scanners. If you do not comply with the fully body scanners then you can receive an intrusive pat-down. Both techniques violate our rights as citizens, however since these things are for the safety of our country they become a necessity. As an inspiring airline pilot I have done my research on the industry and I still am unsure if going into this career is a safe choice. Ultimately I feel that it is impossible to stop all of the terror attacks that are plotted so it’s only a matter of time when the next one will happen. With the new ink bomb plot terrorist seem to be getting very creative with the development and packaging of the bombs, so do you think it is possible to stop all bombs that go through airport screening? Even if there was a way to stop all the bombs, what would the people being protected have to sacrifice for this to happen? I believe the only things that could happen to an airliner via terrorist attack is it could blow up, it could be used as a trajectory (9/11), and it could be used for leverage. Is Bin Laden creating a diversion by having us beef up airport security and focus on the airways for impending terrorist attacks? Because my beliefs are that if you shut down the aviation route for terrorist then it will only create a new avenue to inflict terror. Is Bin Laden smart enough to destroy a country through fear and terror or is there a second phase that is much more devastating? Clearly that is what he is trying to do, strike fear in the hearts of Americans and cause dis-unity. How long will it take to win the battle against terrorism or has it already been lost? I’ve heard that question many times but never like the responses I’ve heard. I believe it is a trick question personally because you cannot fight terror conventionally and if you try to you will be fighting a never ending battle. And has the war already been lost, well I believe it has and it hasn’t. Think about how much money our already broke nation spends on keeping troops deployed. Think about how much money our government spends on new technology to advance the war and prevent terrorism. However I believe it is far from over therefore we have only just begun losing. You can only lose if you have something to lose. Grant it that we haven’t seen a terror attack since 9/11 in the US, I still believe we are becoming too weak financially to keep fighting the way our nation is. Look at the snowball effects 9/11 has had on our economy the last several years. Going back to a question I asked earlier, Is this all part of Osama’s plan? How have our lives really been impacted by 9/11 (financially, emotionally, or physically)? How much more money will we spend fighting and will it make us more venerable to other attacks like say from North Korea? Why would Osama use terrorism in the first place? He clearly has loyal soldiers who are trained and prepared to fight conventionally, so why would he use terror tactics instead of military invasion? Well assuming you already know the more obvious reasons why he used the tactic of terror on 9/11 I want to talk about some more indebt reasons why he might have. First I believe you have to understand religion and how it characterizes people. We all came from somewhere right? Your last name, it can tie you to your immediate family, but more or less your part of a way bigger family in a sense. The roots of your family’s history tree will show you where you really came from, in the aspects of region of the world and religion. The way you look physically came from your family’s gene pool; therefore you can make a rough assumption that people resemble a particular region of the world. My views on religion are simple they categorize people in groups based on their beliefs. With that being said, can you see what Osama might be trying to ultimately do? Well if you can’t this is what I think, it can be said that they are all religious extremist because they are willing to take the lives of others along with their own, all for the name of their god. Understanding that terrorism in this case can be directly linked to a specific religion is something to remember as you read on. Ultimately if terrorism is to continue as it is, people will start becoming very prejudice towards Middle Easterners. If the level of terrorism gets too high and out of control, I believe profiling people will be an effective way to control it. If Americans become fearful of their lives because terrorist attacks are possible is anyone really going to trust the Middle Eastern guy riding in the back of the plane or the guy driving your taxi? Here is a side though, one of the most infamous attacks the terrorist use are car bombs think about how many taxi’s there are that are driven by Middle-Eastern people. Do you get it yet? It’s only a matter of time if things keep at today’s pace before people will only start to trust the people of the same religion, race, and nationality. So then where does it stop? Where do you draw the line? Could you imagine the world in which you can’t even trust anyone who resembles a Middle-Easterner? And how far could a nation go in fighting terror, could a nation ultimately revoke citizenships and deport all people who look like a terrorist? How long do we have before other hate groups and 3rd world countries start to use terrorism themselves? Could it start an epidemic? Could it have been Osama’s goal to make our country as unstable and insecure as possible, while North Korea develops nuclear weapons? Do you really know about our current relationship with North Korea? Well frankly no formal relations exist with that country, did you know on May 27, 2009 North Korea announced that they are no longer bound by the seize-fire agreement we had with them after the Korean-War. Well I don’t know about you but it’s starting to add up for me, I believe North Korea has intentions to launch nuclear weapons at us, if they weren’t are enemies why wouldn’t they sign a peace treaty, let alone renew a seize fire agreement. So what if Bin Laden’s job was to start the whole thing off with 9/11 to send a message and provoke a fight? Thus it would put our country to war and help start a long recession that would put our Nation in extreme debts. Eventually leading to a state of nuclear war with North Korea.
With tensions high on the Korean peninsula, North Korea has decided now would be a good time to let the world know that its nuclear program is going swimmingly. Pyongyang officials, offering the first details on what it says is a peaceful nuclear program, boasted that North Korea is building a reactor and "operating a modern uranium enrichment system with many thousands of centrifuges" at its Yongbyon complex...