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North Korea admits it has the bomb (again); Chimpy blinks (again)

Condi: North Korea is an “outpost of tyranny.” Bush: “I don’t think you give timelines to dictators.”

Now what will our dear leader do? (VOA):

In a statement read by North Korea’s official news agency, the government said its nuclear arms were for “self-defense” purposes against what it called the Bush administration’s “undisguised policy to isolate and stifle” Pyongyang.

The statement cited a recent remark by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, calling North Korea an “outpost of tyranny,” as its justification for refusing to rejoin any future talks.

Speaking in Luxembourg, where she wrapped up a nine-nation European trip, Secretary Rice said North Korea is only deepening its isolation from the rest of the international community. She also dismissed accusations that Washington is taking an aggressive stance toward Pyongyang.

“The North Koreans have been told by the President of the United States himself that the United States has no intention to attack or invade North Korea, the North Koreans have been told that they can have security assurances on a multilateral basis,â€? said Secretary Rice. “Those security assurances will of course, include the United States if they are prepared to take a definitive decision to dismantle their nuclear weapons programs, and to do so in a way that is verifiable.”

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