A senior Obama administration official said he expects that North Korea will test a nuclear weapon before it is forced back to international disarmament negotiations.
At an event at the Brookings Institution, U.S. President Barack Obama's coordinator for weapons of mass destruction policy, Gary Samore, also on Friday expressed some understanding for Russia's objections to U.S. missile defense plans in Europe. Samore said that N. Korea was trying to divide the five countries that have been involved with it in disarmament talks.
He said that North Korea was looking for ways to provoke problems. “It's very clear that the North Koreans want to pick a fight," he said. "They want to kill the six-party talks."