In May, 2003, President George W. Bush declares the United States “will not tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.” Now, in October, 2006, there were not just nuclear weapons, but an apparent nuclear test in North Korea, announced and celebrated by Pyongyang for all the world to see.
President Bush has instantly redrawn America’s red line to the export of nuclear threats. But the North Korean tests themselves are a major shock to the world system.
Iran is watching. And South Korea, and Japan, and China. The talk — at the UN and beyond — is dire. But what to do?
Hear the difficult way ahead with North Korea after its claimed nuclear test.
Glenn Kessler, diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post.;
Jasper Becker, Freelance foreign correspondent and author of “Rogue Regime.”
Selig Harrison, director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy, author of “Korean Endgame”, former Washington Post bureau chief in Northeast Asia
James Walsh, research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program
Jon Wolfsthal, fellow at The Center for Strategic and National Studies, was the U.S. government’s on-site monitor at North Korea’s nuclear complex at Yongbyon, author of “Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear Chemical and Biological Threats”