The Bush administration has made it clear that it will not accept North Korea as a nuclear power and if Pyongyang is nursing any illusions of membership in a nuclear club, Washington will not be accepting that.
"We're not going to live with a North Korea that's a nuclear power. If the plan by North Korea is to emulate past experiences, where a country explodes a nuclear weapons, announces its membership in the club, and is a member of the nuclear club, we're not going to accept it," the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Christopher Hill, has said at the National Press Club.
"...How we don't accept it is going to be a combination of a lot of things. I think diplomacy has to play a role in that, but I think, also, what we've just been discussing, ways to prevent them from getting the technology, ways to prevent them from getting the financing, I think that is a key part of this.
"And, ultimately, I have to believe in the logic that these nuclear weapons will leave North Korea more impoverished and less secure than ever before. And, ultimately, I think, and I cannot give you a timeframe for ultimately, we can arrive at a situation where they get out of this business" he said.
Hill was responding to a question if the international community was not already dealing with a nuclear power.
He said that China has not only indicated that the United Nations Resolution has to be a signal to North Korea but also that the Resolution would actually be "painful" to the regime in Pyongyang.