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Posted on Apr 10, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in Louisville, Ky., on Friday.

“Between one and six.” That’s the number of nuclear weapons that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes North Korea to have, a rare public utterance on the estimated number of such weapons the Hermit Kingdom may possess.

That’s one of the reasons “we will maintain our nuclear deterrent,” Clinton said. But she added that she is confident that the six-party disarmament talks (China, North and South Korea, Japan, Russia, and the U.S.) that fell apart last year will continue.

A transcript of her speech is available at the State Department’s website.—JCL

Khaleej Times:

North Korea has as many as six nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said as she pressed for international efforts to help denuclearize the volatile hermit country.

But Clinton also stressed that despite a recent new pact with Russia to reduce atomic stockpiles and a push for disarmament, the United States will keep nuclear arms so long as other countries have access to the weapons of mass destruction.

‘We will not unilaterally disarm. We will maintain our nuclear deterrent,’ she said during a speech Friday in Louisville, Kentucky.

In a rare reference by the chief US diplomat to the number of weapons held by North Korea, Clinton said Pyongyang had ‘between one and six nuclear weapons.’

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By EJH, April 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment

Why does anyone believe a word this woman says?

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By Vic Anderson, April 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment
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Pick a number between 100 and 600! That’s the number of nukes ISRAEL has;
when only 100 is all that’s necessary to destroy Our WORLD, as we know it!!

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By gerard, April 10, 2010 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

Pick a number:
  How many nuclear bombs does the U.S. have?
  How many are ready for instant release?
  How many “reasons” are necessary to authorize their
    release?  Under what circumstances?
  How many people are authorized to decide?  Who
    are they?
  How many people are likely to be killed?  Sickened?
  How long afterward will people come down with
    radiation sickness?
  How many letters have you written to politicians
    and editors on this subject?  How many phone
    calls?  How many contributions to anti-nuclear
    groups who protest, lobby and educate people
    every day, every year?
  How many people believe there’s nothing to do?
  How many people are getting together to try to
    create new ways to protest, to demand
    initiatives toward worldwide elimination? 
  How many people are making continuous efforts to
    educate others on the possibilities of a
    nuclear-free world?   
  How many people are tired of hearing about it?
  How many people think that believing in an  
    inevitable nuclear Armageddon leads to a
    fatalism and submission similar to the effects
    of believing in Biblical Armageddon?

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By marcus medler, April 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

I am puzzled that we hear so little from China or
even S. Korea on this matter. The N. Korean
missiles are much more a threat to them. Maybe
China understands better the thinking of the
weak when threatened by the strong.

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