My feeling is that Korea is trying to open up a conversation with the United States, and that saying they have a nuclear weapons program is their way of saying "Ok, neither of us have lived up to our treaty agreements. Lets start over." I could easily be wrong, however.
quote:Pyongyang has put its covert nuclear program on the table for negotiation. Particularly since Bush must realize that the options of bombing, sanctions, and war are all out of the question, he ought to explore North Korea's invitation to a dialogue and disregard Pyongyang's macho manners.
I think it was the US that accused the North, and provided evidence first; and the North is just admitting the evidence is not false. This Globe article seems to want to say it's the North's initiative.
I think, adding my ignorance here, it's more likely the North saying they DON'T want to be a target like Iraq is. And Bush et. al. isn't sure what the best policy for US interests are among the few, poor choices now available.