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Topic - Joel Wit
North Korea’s belligerent rhetoric — which has included a threat to conduct a third nuclear test and launch more long-range rockets — and its description of the United States as a “sworn enemy” should compel the Obama administration to rethink its policy toward the secretive, Stalinist nation, analysts say.
New satellite images of a North Korean rocket launch site show a mobile radar trailer and rows of what appears to be empty fuel and oxidizer tanks, evidence of ramped-up preparation for what Washington calls a cover for a long-range missile test.
"Whether the North Koreans will be able to meet the challenge of providing a reliable, adequate source of water to cool the Nyongbyon reactors, particularly when the experimental light-water reactor becomes operational, could pose a serious problem for both Pyongyang and its neighbors," he said.
"These recent problems should be a wake-up call for Northeast Asia," said Joel Wit, a former State Department official and editor of 38 North.