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The Threat Called North Korea Nearly a year ago George W Bush first labeled Iraq Iran and North Korea as the axis of evil So why then have we heard so much about how Iraq is such a threat to US national security and hardly a word about North Korea There is no doubt in Americas mind or in anyone elses outside of Baghdad that Sadaam Hussein is a menace to society Hes both a threat to his own people and to the rest of the world He has broken sanction after sanction and received nothing more then a smack on the hand for it Meanwhile with the worlds view pointed in Iraqs direction and Iran trying not to anger anyone North Korea has decided to try to steal some of the limelight Always a problem and sometimes referred to as a rogue-state North Korea is stirring up quite a mess in Washington and the worry is well warranted For the following reasons North Korea has become more of a threat than Iraq For their development of nuclear technology their willingness to sell weapons to the highest bidder their disregard for several treaties and their emerging capabilities to hit the continental US with a nuclear tipped missile North Korea has proven time and time again that they are more then willing to sign a treaty or agree to sanctions and then continue on without the slightest regard to international law On October 21 1994 the Unites States avoided a deadly and costly showdown with North Korea by signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT along with South Korea and Japan a treaty that North Korea would then break only a few years later This treaty gave North Korea a package of benefits in return for a freeze of their nuclear program The benefits were to include light water reactors totaling 2000 electric megawatts and shipments of heavy oil to North Korea 50000 tons in
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