In an effort to increase pressure on North Korea, the Bush administration told its Asian allies in briefings earlier this year that Pyongyang had exported nuclear material to Libya. That was a significant new charge, the first allegation that North Korea was helping to create a new nuclear weapons state.
But that is not what U.S. intelligence reported, according to two officials with detailed knowledge of the transaction. North Korea, according to the intelligence, had supplied uranium hexafluoride -- which can be enriched to weapons-grade uranium -- to Pakistan. It was Pakistan, a key U.S. ally with its own nuclear arsenal, that sold the material to Libya. The U.S. government had no evidence, the officials said, that North Korea knew of the second transaction.
Once again, Pakistan, that regime who possesses a nuclear bomb, harbors Al Qaeda, and is controlled by a military dictatorship that had overthrown a democratically-elected government, is offered protection by the US. I continue to not understand this, and it seems like we're just setting ourselves up for future problems through the same sort of diplomacy that brought us the current situations with Iran and Iraq, among others.
Also disturbing is the administration's continuing willingness to bend intelligence to fit its needs. But with the American public consistantly agreeing with such policy in the voting booth (we've been re-electing such liars ever since the 'nam era), I don't see things changing any time soon.