Back in 1994, we struck a deal with North Korea under which they agreed to suspend their nuclear weapons program and we (and some of our allies) agreed to supply them with nuclear reactors for power generation that could not be used to create the fissile material for nuclear weapons. Well, we never delivered the reactors and now North Korea has admitted that it was still working on nuclear weapons anyway. So much for that agreement.
Unfortunately, this is a real pickle. We’ve got our hands full with Saddam and now North Korea has served notice that it’s either nuclear capable now or plans on being nuclear capable soon. Is North Korea’s bizarro ruler any less psychotic than Saddam Hussein? He’s certainly shown his preference for starving his own people over trimming down military spending.