Yet another reason to strike this regime soon. Beyond the problem that the North Koreans may use these themselves is the likelihood that, desperate for cash, they will sell them to someone else. North Korea with WMD doesn’t just mean North Korea with WMD. It means WMD proliferation.
Yes, try again with China. Threaten serious sanctions on China if it doesn’t curb North Korea. But everyone knows that’s not going to work. Hard choices have to be made.
Perhaps we can somehow decapitate this regime short of war. But if not, I don’t see what alternative we have to attacking North Korea.
From the Washington Post:
North Korea is moving steadily to acquire the essential machinery that could potentially be used for an advanced bioweapons program, from factories that can produce microbes by the ton, to laboratories specializing in genetic modification, according to U.S. and Asian intelligence officials and weapons experts.
Meanwhile, leader Kim Jong Un’s government also is dispatching its scientists abroad to seek advanced degrees in microbiology, while offering to sell biotechnology services to the developing world.
The gains have alarmed U.S. analysts, who say North Korea — which has doggedly pursued weapons of mass destruction of every other variety — could quickly surge into industrial-scale production of biological pathogens if it chooses to do so. Such a move could give the regime yet another fearsome weapon with which to threaten neighbors or U.S. troops in a future conflict, officials and analysts say.