The idea that the CIA gave the North Korean's nuclear weapons just doesn't hold water as I'll explain below:
North Korea and Russia first established diplomatic relations on October 12, 1948 shortly after the North Korea was first established. This
relationship lasted through the fall of the USSR in the early 90's.
This is important because the Russians helped start the North Korean's nuclear programme. This started with the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Centre
which grew to become the centrepiece of its nuclear programme. Russia also helped train North Korean engineers and physicists at Soviet institutes to
staff the North Korean research facilities. Not only did they staff the facilities with educated professionals, they financed, and equipped the
facilities as well. This support lasted until the 1980s.
Around 1980, North Korea started to build a series of industrial-scale facilities capable of producing significant amounts of plutonium for a
nuclear-weapons programme, as well as for the country’s nuclear-power industry.
The reactors consisted of:
• a small 5MW(e) (25MW(th)) research reactor at Yongbyon;
• a larger 50MW(e) (200MW(th)) prototype power reactor at Yongbyon; and
• a fullscale 200MW(e) (800MW(th)) power reactor at Taechon.
As the Soviets got closer and closer to their collapse in 1991 the relationship with the North Koreans became less and less of a priority for the
Soviets. This isolation forced the NPRK to search for other avenues to continue their nuclear programme. Shortly after this they agreed to freeze and
eventually to dismantle the key facilities associated with its plutonium production programme, including the uranium-conversion and fuel-fabrication
plant, the 5MW(e), 50MW(e) and 200MW(e) reactors, and the reprocessing facility.
Enter Pakistan in the late 90's. In exchange for No-d ong missiles and production technology the Pakistani's gave the North Koreans technical
specifications, sample centrifuge machines, and training that would allow North Korea to duplicate the technology and to assemble a production scale
centrifuge facility. This happened somewhere around 1997. Most of this is speculation but the father of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, A.Q. Khan, made
several mysterious visits to North Korea during this period.
2002 the CIA began to investigate rumors that the North Korean's frozen nuclear programme was coming out of hibernation. And since that time the
North Korean's in 2003 declares its intention to withdraw from the NPT. (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons). Later that year they
declare they have nuclear weapons.
Since that time they have been going back and forth with the international community about stopping their nuclear weapons programme, breaking
agreements, provoking Japan and South Korea with missile tests so on and so on.
While this is a very abridged version of the history of the North Korean's nuclear weapons programme I think it clearly shows that it is not the
construct of the CIA. The North Koreans relied on the Soviet Union and Pakistan to achieve their nuclear ambitions.
If you would like more information on this please read this:
(This won't link, so copy and paste)
A very extensive analysis of the NPRK weapons programme.
And read about A.Q. Khan the father of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal who probably had more to do with the North Korean's nuclear weapons programme
then any other single individual: