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North Korea: 'We have the bomb'

Bush: “I don’t think you give timelines to dictators.”

Bush foreign policy:

Saddam = evil dictator, no WMD, must depose.

Kim Jong Il = madman, dictator, the bomb, give him a pass; let’s talk it over.

Guess this article blows the theory away that Kim Jong Il wasn’t just blowing smoke. He’s playing coy in the press about intentions, because, hey, he’s got Chimpy by the balls on this one. He’s probably laughing his ass off – we couldn’t take any military action if we wanted to. Makes Bush’s chest-puffing about Iran even more scarily demented. (Reuters):

A top North Korean official has told U.S. legislators that the communist state possessed nuclear weapons, Radio Free Asia reported on Friday. North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said the country was a nuclear weapons state but its nuclear arsenal was defensive in nature and Pyongyang did not intend to possess it forever, Radio Free Asia quoted U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon as saying.

Weldon, Republican of Pennsylvania, led a six-member congressional delegation to North Korea last week and met with its senior officials. North Korea aimed to denuclearize itself and it was willing to move toward that end in a transparent manner, Weldon quoted the North’s Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun as saying. “The president of the country said that he foresaw the day when America and North Korea would be friends,” Weldon was quoted as telling a forum in Washington last week about his meeting with the North’s number-two official and president of its assembly, Kim Yong-nam. Weldon has said since his return he had not met with the North’s leader Kim Jong-il, who rules the country as chairman of its defense commission.

North Korea is believed to possess one or two nuclear weapons and possibly more than eight. It has boasted to have transformed spent plutonium from reactors into materials for nuclear weapons, but has never formally declared to possess nuclear weapons.

Here’s another golden oldie from Chimpy about Saddam, from Oct, 2002 (CNN): “The Iraqi regime has violated all of those obligations. It possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. It has given shelter and support to terrorism and practices terror against its own people. …Knowing these realities, America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof — the smoking gun — that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.”

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