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The mere fact that we are even contemplating a nuclear weapons test by North Korea highlights a massive national security failure by President Bush. During his administration, North Korea has advanced its nuclear program and a potential route to a nuclear 9/11 is clearly visible. North Korea’s nuclear program is well ahead of what Saddam Hussein was even suspected of doing – yet the president took his eye off the ball, wrongly ignoring this growing danger. What is unfolding in North Korea is exactly the kind of disaster that it is an American president’s solemn duty to prevent.
Bush also declared that Kerry's idea for bilateral negotiation between the U.S. and North Korea is a bad idea, asserting, "It failed once, it will fail again." The Clinton administration undertook the bilateral approach, which Bush expanded to include China and other neighbors of North Korea.
On Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said North Korea possessed "four to seven" nuclear weapons.
But Charles Kartman - executive director of the New York-based Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, or KEDO - said North Korea may have only a single nuclear weapon and there is no proof that it has actually produced any.
In Seoul, former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, said North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons development and the United States should guarantee the North's security.