North Korea declared itself a nuclear power on Thursday. The Stalinist state coupled a unilateral admission of possessing nuclear weapons with the assertion that it would not take part in “six-nation talks aimed at ending the [nuclear arms] crisis,” on the Korean peninsula.
Both statements appeared to catch the US by surprise, as well as China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia, despite the fact that this was the third time in two years that N. Korea pulled the diplomatic rug out from under international talks.
A consensus of the parties involved seemed to be that the next move was China’s responsibility to confront its ally with the untenable position of nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula.
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