Last week was a bad one for nuclear nonproliferation. North Korea announced that it had acquired nuclear weapons and had no intention of returning to the six-party multilateral negotiations where the United States and regional neighbors China, Russia, Japan and South Korea have been working to convince North Korea to end its nuclear program.

 

Then, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami proudly congratulated Iran's scientists for achieving tremendous success -- including in the nuclear sphere -- despite decades of sanctions. The Tehran regime denies any interest in acquiring weapons, but the scale of its nuclear activities and its efforts to hide them from the international community speak otherwise.

 

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