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2.16.07

NOW on the News with Maria Hinojosa

David Kang on North Korea's Nuclear Program

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This week, Maria Hinojosa speaks with David Kang, an expert on North Korea, about why the North Korean nuclear deal took so long, and how Pyongyang could still sell its arms to Al Qaeda.

Interview Excerpts

"Neither side wants to go start a war. It would make Iraq looks like child's play."

"North Korea has proven that it has a bomb or some kind of nuclear program they've tested and they've had the reactor running full steam for six years."

"The concern has always been that North Korea would sell those bombs to Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, who would then use them against the United States."

"The President did decide to move away from a more coercive stance in the last couple of months ... in part, as one insider in the Bush Administration has said [because] 'the prospect of Bush leaving office having Iran, Iraq and North Korea worse than when he found them was too much.'"

"I'm reasonably sure that they're...sitting around [in Pyongyang] saying: 'Is the U.S. serious or not? Are they really going to hold up their part of the bargain?'"

About David Kang

David Kang David Kang is an associate professor of government at Dartmouth College. He is the co-author of "Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies" and has been a visiting professor at Korea University.

Kang has published numerous scholarly articles in journals including International Organization and International Security, as well as opinion pieces in The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many Korean and Chinese newspapers. He is a member of a number of editorial boards, including Political Science Quarterly and Asia Policy.

Kang's latest book is "China Reshapes East Asia: Power, Politics, and Ideas in International Relations." (Columbia University Press, forthcoming).

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