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North Korea / Nuclear Weapons / Kim / Sherman Interview #841191

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 09, 2006
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(Studio: Katie Couric) North Korea's announcement that it tested a nuclear weapon underground introduced.

(Washington: David Martin) North Korea's nuclear test examined; diagrams shown; details given of specifics about the nature & power of the bomb tested. [Former State Department official Joel WITT†- says they did get a blast that lets everyone know & Korea will not turn back.] [Former Los Alamos weapons director Richard MAH†- comments on transport of a nuclear device.] The nightmare scenario that would see North Korea sell a nuclear device to Al Qaeda & how the nuclear test will be verified by the US noted.

(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.

(White House: Jim Axelrod) The reaction of President Bush's administration & other nations to the nuclear test examined; details given of proposed sanctions, the six-nation talks, the nomination of South Korea's Ban Ki-Moon as U.N. secretary general, the role of China as North Korea's training partner & the U.N.'s isolation of North Korea; scenes shown of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visiting South Korea. [BUSH - opposes North Korea transferring nuclear weapons/material.] [Chinese OFFICIAL - comments.] [North Korean Ambassador to U.N. PAK Gil Yon†- expresses pride in the nuclear test.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Map shown of the 8 or 9 nuclear nations.

(Tokyo: Barry Petersen) What North Korean leader Kim Jong Il may have wanted with a nuclear test examined; details given about Kim's rule, his choice of friends, the nation's military capability & the development of a long-range missile. [Adviser to Japan's prime minister Yukio OKAMOTO†- comments on why North Korea wants a bomb as the "ultimate guarantee of safety."] [University of Michigan Ken LIEBERTHAL†- says Iran & North Korea have close relations.] [Japan-Korea expert David SATTERWHITE†- says Kim will do whatever is necessary to prolong his regime.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Live interview held with ambassador & former State Department official Wendy Sherman about North Korea. [SHERMAN - says the US has limited options; explains the need to get North Korea back into negotiations because North Korea can now come back to the talks with pride & leverage; gives her impressions of Kim as smart, wily & with a million-man army.]

Couric, Katie;
Martin, David;
Axelrod, Jim;
Petersen, Barry

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