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North Korea May Have Resumed Its Nuclear Weapons Program

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North Korea appears to have resumed its nuclear weapons program.  The U.S. is watching the situation closely.

orth Koreans attend a rally in support of a statement given on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War as well as boasting of the North's ownership of "lighter and smaller nukes" and its ability to execute "surgical strikes" meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday, March 7, 2013. North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin

 (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin


Satellite imagery shows white steam rising from a nuclear plant in North Korea indicating its operating once again.

Dr. Jon Taylor head of the Political Science department at Houston’s  St. Thomas University says North Korea may want nuclear weapons to deter threats from the west.

Taylor says “it makes the United States, it makes the west think twice before thinking about potentially going in and doing you know a surgical strike or something of that sort.”

He says North Korea maybe trying ensure its survival after seeing the U.S. threaten Syria with a military strike.

Taylor says “it is also what we might call regime insurance.”

But he also notes North Korea has a history of making provocative moves simply to win concessions from other countries.

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