ACCESSION NUMBER:278794 FILE ID:TXT201 DATE:04/20/93 TITLE:NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR DANGER (04/20/93) TEXT:*93042001.TXT NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR DANGER 1 (VOA Editorial) (470) (Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America April 20, reflecting the views of the U.S. government.) The president of the U.N. Security Council recently issued a statement of concern over North Korea's non-compliance with the International Atomic Energy Agency's nuclear safeguards agreement and North Korea's decision to withdraw from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The statement was supported by a consensus of the U.N. Security Council members. As the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright, said, the United States "joins other members of the (U.N. Security) Council in expressing full and complete support for the International Atomic Energy Agency and the non-proliferation treaty." Along with other members of the U.N. Security Council, the United States supports the North-South declaration on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. This includes a pledge not to possess nuclear-reprocessing facilities and to accept effective bilateral inspections of nuclear facilities. Complete implementation by North Korea of its responsibilities under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards agreement, and the North-South declaration is critical to peace and security on the Korean peninsula. North Korea's announced withdrawal from the non-proliferation treaty has added to growing international concern over the Kim Il Sung regime's nuclear activities. In recent testimony before members of the U.S. Senate, James Woolsey, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said that the United States has "every indication that the North Koreans are hiding evidence of some nuclear weapons-related activities from the international community.... Of the greatest concern is the real possibility that North Korea has already manufactured enough fissile material for at least one nuclear weapon and is hiding this from the International Atomic Energy Agency." Though a signatory of the non-proliferation treaty since 1985, North Korea did not allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect any of its nuclear facilities until last year. According to International Atomic Energy Agency public statements, these inspections indicated that North Korea may have more plutonium -- a key element in nuclear weapons -- than it has declared. To resolve these uncertainties, the International Atomic Energy Agency should be given full access to information and facilities related to North Korea's nuclear program. As Ambassador Albright said, "we call upon North Korea to revoke its decision to withdraw from the non-proliferation treaty and fulfill its responsibilities under that treaty." Ambassador Albright noted that the United States is prepared to play its part in international efforts aimed at obtaining North Korean compliance with international nuclear non-proliferation agreements. The United States calls on other nations to join in these efforts. The door remains open to improved relations if North Korea fully removes international suspicions about its nuclear program. NNNN .