Nuclear Nightmare: Understanding North Korea (2003)

Discovery Channel

North Korea produces weapons plutonium. North Korea has repeatedly warned that it will use nuclear weapons if provoked. North Korea says it has produced more plutonium which can be used to make nuclear bombs. The Stalinist state has repeatedly warned it is prepared to use what it calls its nuclear deterrent.North Korea's official news agency is reporting that the closed communist nation has successfully reprocessed 8,000 nuclear fuel rods into weapons-grade plutonium. Experts believe that could be enough to make one or two nuclear bombs. (AFP: Korean Central News Agency, file photo) By Mark Willacy / ABC News, Wed Nov 4, 2009
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Meet Kim Jong II, leader of North Korea, a nation imprisoned by poverty and with a population so hungry, people eat bugs and grass. Now this megalomaniacal dictator is holding the civilized world hostage with what many see as a cunning strategy of extortion, threatening to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons. It's a strategy by which the United States has indicated it cannot abide. In a joint production between the Discovery Channel and the New York Times, go behind the headlines to discover the little-understood origins and almost-stranger-than-truth facets of this dangerous confrontation. See a side of Kim Jong Il rarely revealed, his love of slasher flicks and his affinity for prostitutes and learn why the United States may have no other palatable option than to play ball with Kim, allowing him to continue his weapons development program. It's quite literally a race against time  if North Korea, as it promises, goes into nuclear production mode, giving Kim as many as 10 nuclear bombs within six months, it would create a destabilizing offensive nuclear capability that could touch off a regional arms race...and even nuclear war. It's a game of international intrigue and high-stakes military strategy. But more importantly, it's the story of destitute North Korea and its bizarre leader, and how he has brought the U.S. and the world face-to-face with the unimaginable.



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