World View: North Korea Apparently Restarting Its Nuclear Reactor

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • North Korea apparently restarting its nuclear reactor
  • North and South Korea reopen Kaesong Industrial Park

North Korea apparently restarting its nuclear reactor

August 31 satellite photo shows white smoke coming from electrical power generating building in nuclear complex (38North)
August 31 satellite photo shows white smoke coming from electrical power generating building in nuclear complex (38North)

Satellite images from August 31, 2013, show white steam rising from a building near the reactor hall that houses the gas-graphite reactor’s steam turbines and electric generators. The reactor generates electricity by using the heat from the nuclear reaction in the core to create steam that spins the turbines. The white coloration and volume are consistent with steam being vented because the electrical generating system is about to come online, indicating that the reactor is in or nearing operation. The reactor is capable of producing plutonium that can be used in nuclear weapons. 

This news comes just after the Syria debacle, where President Barack Obama has essentially ceded victory to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad and Russia's president Vladimir Putin over Assad's use of chemical weapons against innocent Syrian victims. 

In April of this year, Secretary of State John Kerry said during a visit to South Korea: 

We are all united in the fact that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power. The rhetoric that we're hearing from North Korea is simply unacceptable.

This statement is silly anyway, since North Korea has already been a nuclear power for several years. But now North Korea is apparently starting up its nuclear reactor, and saying that North Korea as a nuclear power is "unacceptable" sounds a lot like saying that Syria using chemical weapons is "unacceptable." 

Why should anyone pay attention to anything that anyone in the Obama administration says, anyway? It's all fatuous hot air. 38 North and Reuters

North and South Korea reopen Kaesong Industrial Park

North and South Korea have agreed to reopen the Kaesong Industrial Park for a trial production run on Monday. North Korea's child dictator Kim Jong-un had shut down the complex in April when he threw his temper tantrum, threatening to shoot missiles at Japan, South Korea, and America. Several attempts at talks have collapsed without agreement. 

Kaesong Industrial Complex was built in North Korea in 2004 as a joint venture between the North and South and was considered a symbol of peaceful cooperation until April, when the North Koreans suddenly withdrew their 53,000 workers from the project. Since the North refused to negotiate, the South finally withdrew its thousand or so employees, effectively shutting the complex down. Kaesong was a major source of hard currency for the North Koreans, tens of millions of dollars per year, and so the child dictator's temper tantrum has been costing North Korea a great deal of money. The child dictator has essentially capitulated on South Korea's demands but is making up for it by restarting his nuclear reactor. Yonhap (Seoul)

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, North Korea, South Korea, John Kerry, Kim Jong-un, Kaesong Industrial Complex 

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