North Korea Rejects Nuclear Deal Similar To Iran's05:11

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North Korea says it's not interested in a deal similar to the one Iran just agreed to, which is supposed to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

An unidentified foreign ministry spokesman said today that North Korea's nuclear program is not a "plaything" to be put on the negotiating table because it's essential to cope with threats from the United States. This is North Korea's first response to the deal with Iran that was announced last week.

Here & Now's security analyst Jim Walsh joins host Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss North Korea's nuclear program and what has been done diplomatically to try to get North Korea to stop trying to develop a nuclear weapon.


  • Jim Walsh, Here & Now security analyst, an expert in international security at MIT’s Security Studies Program. He tweets @DrJimWalshMIT.

This segment aired on July 21, 2015.