A well-placed insider said today that some within the intelligence community are taking an alternative view in confirming Pyongyang’s claims that it has a nuclear program. Other than loud words, a few seismic wiggles, acquisition of nuclear technology and materials, and an active missile program, there is little hard evidence of a nuclear program. Some analysts believe North Korea may now be perpetrating a ruse. Those analysts believe Pyongyang may be replacing a failing nuclear program with an active deception program.
Some analysts believe North Korea may now be playing a high-stakes political gambit modeling its strategy after Libya. Gadhafi, once considered one of the more evil leaders on earth, acquired nuclear components and apparently set out to make atomic weapons, yet after apparently failing, agreed to give up his WMD program if sanctions were dropped.
It’s fair to believe North Korea has a nuclear program. It’s prudent to believe North Korea has a nuclear program, but it’s becoming hard to believe North Korea has a nuclear program.