North Korea Has Three Nukes
Vol: 6 Issue: 27 Wednesday, March 27, 2002
The Bush administration has obtained information indicating that North Korea possesses at least three nuclear bombs as well as an undetermined amount of fissile material. The officials said the material is being stored in underground bunkers kept off-limits to both the US and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
North Korea has refused to allow the IAEA to conduct a full inspection of the nuclear facility at Yongbyon north of Pyongyang.
Kim Jong Il used Yongbyon and other facilities for tests on the weaponization of long-range missiles capable of reaching the United States.
The officials said the administration has decided not to certify that North Korea has complied with a 1994 accord with the Clinton administration in which Pyongyang pledged to suspend its nuclear weapons program.
The agreement led to a U.S. promise to supply North Korea with two nuclear power reactors in a $4.6 billion project.
The Bush administration also wants to link the nuclear power project to an end to North Korean missile exports.
Pyongyang is regarded as the leading missile exporter to the Middle East, including such clients as Egypt, Iran, Libya and Syria.
The Kings of the East, according to the Apostle John, will one day mount an army of 200 million and march on Israel. That makes North Korea’s ‘client list’ just that much more interesting.
Saudi Arabia Unstable, Warns Energy Dept
The US Energy Department has downgraded Saudi Arabia, saying it is no longer a secure source of foreign oil.
Saudi oil supplies can be blocked by unrest or a war in the Persian Gulf. The scenarios include a U.S. war with Iran or Iraq.
“Saudi Arabia’s geographic position in the politically volatile Gulf is a factor of concern for its major customers including the U.S.,” the Energy Information Administration said in its report, published in the Paris-based Arab Oil and Gas Magazine.
The report said Riyad is heading for serious economic difficulties amid stagnating oil prices, overpopulation and heavy domestic debt. Those economic troubles could last for years.
In an effort to insulate the royal family from a military coup, the armed forces recently underwent a massive ‘reorganization.’ King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz appointed new commanders for the ground forces and navy. The appointments are to take effect on April 14. King Fahd is the supreme commander of the Saudi armed forces. He is also totally incapacitated, thanks to a stroke suffered in 1999. Prince Abdullah, Fahd’s anti-Western half-brother has been the power behind the throne ever since.
Abdullah’s principle rival for the throne after King Fahd is Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz. Since Abdullah is currently king’s regent, he ordered the reorganization of the military, stacking it with officers loyal to him. Abdullah is a radical Islamist, so are the new appointments.
The Saudi-owned A-Sharq Al Awsat daily reported on March 22 that the new appointments are part of what it termed “widespread changes” in the military. Another interesting change forbids senior officers from marrying foreigners without the express permission of the king. The Saudis say they want to prevent the entry of Western women into the kingdom. Those who violate the new orders face dismissal and imprisonment.
All the intelligence information points in the same direction. The top levels of the administration continues albeit with less gusto than previously, to proclaim the Saudis our staunch allies. But reports like the one issued by the Energy Dept. describe a different Saudi Arabia. So do reports from the various intelligence agencies, military commanders and intelligence obtained from documents seized from the al-Qaeda.
The shakeup in the military suggests the possibility of a potential coup — and for a coup to be successful, its leaders will need both the support of the military and the population.
It’s said that if an election were held in Saudi Arabia today, Osama would win, hands-down. For a coup to succeed, its leader will have to reflect that popular attitude.
Back during the 1973 Arab oil embargo, America was 25% dependent on Saudi Oil. The embargo resulted in the longest and most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression.
By 2000, America was 68% dependent on Saudi Arabia for its supply of oil. “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” [Rev 6:6]