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U.S.A. “Won’t Tolerate North Korea’s Threat”

Posted January. 31, 2002 09:50,   


George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union Address before Congress last night and presented the administration’s three great goals of the year: war against terrorism, strengthening national security, and economic recovery. He announced that the U.S. will achieve them simultaneously.

Mr. Bush particularly criticized that "States like North Korea, Iran, Iraq, and their terrorist allies, constitute `an axis of evil`, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger." and warned, "America will not tolerate their threats."

He also said, "Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since Sept. 11. But we know their true nature." and especially criticized that "North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens."

President Bush also confirmed the policy of expanding the war against terrorism by saying, "The war is just beginning. The United States of America will not permit the world`s most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world`s most destructive weapons."

He, then, added, "We will be deliberate, yet time is not on our side. I will not wait on events, while danger gathers. I will not stand by as peril draws closer and closer."

The White House authorities explained that the criticized countries are not necessarily the next targets of the war just because President Bush mentioned them. They said that he pointed to these countries because of their leadership in production of weapons of mass destruction.

Meanwhile, Mr. Bush did not directly mention Enron’s name, but he did call for "stricter accountability standards and tougher disclosure requirements." seemingly concerned about the bankrupt energy corporation.