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)
Satellite images from August 31, 2013, show white steam rising from abuilding near the reactor hall that houses the gas-graphite reactor’ssteam turbines and electric generators. The reactor generateselectricity by using the heat from the nuclear reaction in the core tocreate steam that spins the turbines. The white coloration and volumeare consistent with steam being vented because the electricalgenerating system is about to come online, indicating that the reactoris in or nearing operation. The reactor is capable of producingplutonium that can be used in nuclear weapons.
This news comes just after the Syria debacle, where President BarackObama has essentially ceded victory to Syria’s president Basharal-Assad and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin over Assad’s use ofchemical weapons against innocent Syrian victims.
In April of this year, Secretary of State John Kerry said during avisit to South Korea:
We are all united in the fact that North Korea willnot be accepted as a nuclear power. The rhetoric that we’rehearing from North Korea is simply unacceptable.
This statement is silly anyway, since North Korea has already been anuclear power for several years. But now North Korea is apparentlystarting up its nuclear reactor, and saying that North Korea as anuclear power is “unacceptable” sounds a lot like saying that Syriausing chemical weapons is “unacceptable.”
North and South Korea reopen Kaesong Industrial Park
North and South Korea have agreed to reopen the Kaesong IndustrialPark for a trial production run on Monday. North Korea’s childdictator Kim Jong-un had shut down the complex in April when he threwhis temper tantrum, threatening to shoot missiles at Japan, SouthKorea, and America. Several attempts at talks have collapsed withoutagreement.
Kaesong Industrial Complex was built in North Korea in 2004 as a jointventure between the North and South and was considered a symbol ofpeaceful cooperation until April, when the North Koreans suddenlywithdrew their 53,000 workers from the project. Since the Northrefused to negotiate, the South finally withdrew its thousand or soemployees, effectively shutting the complex down. Kaesong was a majorsource of hard currency for the North Koreans, tens of millions ofdollars per year, and so the child dictator’s temper tantrum has beencosting North Korea a great deal of money. The child dictator hasessentially capitulated on South Korea’s demands but is making up forit by restarting his nuclear reactor. Yonhap (Seoul)
KEYS: Generational Dynamics, North Korea, South Korea,John Kerry, Kim Jong-un, Kaesong Industrial Complex