Low-Key U.S. Reaction to Uranium Enrichment Revelations May Have Prompted North Korean Aggression, Analysts Say

November 24, 2010 06:19

“Seoul should prepare for additional bizarre provocative acts from the North, including its third nuclear test, as the North consolidates the power of Kim Jong-un and prepares for the centenary of the birth of its founder Kim Il-sung in 2012.”

By Patrick Goodenough at CNSNews.com


Pondering possible reasons for North Korea’s deadly artillery attack on its southern neighbor, some Pyongyang-watchers in South Korea believe the regime is trying to prod the U.S. into talks after its most recent provocation – the unveiling of previously-undisclosed uranium enrichment facilities – failed to generate the desired response.

Although North Korean forces have occasionally caused provocations near the land and maritime borders Tuesday’s attack on Yeonpyeong island in the Yellow Sea was described in Seoul as the first direct shelling of its territory since the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953.

As long ago as October 2002 the Bush administration confronted North Korea with evidence that it had for several years been covertly enriching uranium, in direct contravention of a 1994 agreement with the U.S. called the Agreed Framework.


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