Monday, April 03, 2006

The former commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, Leon LaPorte, says North Korea already has between three and six nuclear weapons. The retired general claimed the weapons had been made before the 1994 Geneva Agreement, in which the North pledged to freeze its nuclear activities, and added the number must have grown by now.

He made the remarks in an interview with the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper. Noting that North Korea has a 1.2 million-strong military and the capability to fire a missile over Japan, the general said he did not agree with the assessment that the North no longer poses a threat. He emphasized that the South Korea-U.S. Alliance is crucial as a deterrent against the North.
(emphasis mine) Does anyone has any idea on how reliable is this? Just learned about this coming from Spanish news agency EFE (link in Spanish) I haven't found anything in the US or UK media, only in South Korean, Japanese and Russian newspapers.

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