How did North Korea re­spond to th­ese open­handed, friendly ges­tures? Py­ongyang thanked us by con­duct­ing a bal­lis­tic mis­sile test (un­der the cover of a satel­lite launch), restart­ing a plu­to­ni­umpro­duc­ing re­ac­tor at Yong­byon, tak­ing two Amer­i­can women hostage

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and au­tho­rized mem­ber states, in­clud­ing the United States, to in­ter­cept ships bound for North Korea to in­spect them for nu­clear com­po­nents.

The United States also can take action un­der the 2006 North Korea Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion Act, which au­tho­rizes pun­ish­ing for­eign­ers trad­ing in nu­clear and mis­sile tech­nol­ogy with North Korea.

So far, the United States and other coun­tries have failed to press North Korea to the limit of th­ese U.N. mea­sures,

As is well known in the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity, Ira­nian tech­ni­cians were present dur­ing North Korea’s 2006 nu­clear test. North Korean nu­clear spe­cial­ists were covertly video­taped at the se­cret Syr­ian nu­clear re­ac­tor that Is­rael de­stroyed in Septem­ber 2007. The re­ac­tor re­port­edly was un­der­writ­ten by Iran as a means of car­ry­ing out nu­cle­ar­weapons de­vel­op­ment out­side the coun­try, thus evad­ing the United Na­tions and other in­spec­tion regimes. Ira­nian mis-

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