Nightly News   |  April 02, 2013

‘Nothing has worked’ to derail North Korea’s nuclear program

North Korea first became a nuclear power when Bill Clinton was president and dialed down efforts after receiving aid, but now they are ready to restart their nuclear program.  What is also worrisome is that South Korea and Japan are now talking about trying to get nuclear weapons. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>> us to our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell in our washington newsroom. andrea, the question remains the same, is it not true at the end of the day that the best folks we've got, the best analysts, are really at a loss, when it comes down to is he serious or not?

>> and the amazing thing about that is that this goes back decades. i was struck today by the fact that the secretary of state john kerry very forcefully says, we will not let north korea become a nuclear nation . but there standing next to the south korean foreign minister at the state department , he's saying something that is patently impossible. it's a red line that's already been crossed. north korea became a nuclear power when bill clinton was president. bill clinton tried negotiating. george w. bush tried the tough line, then tried negotiating. and nothing has worked. in fact, we have sent them fuel, sent them food, in exchange for them blowing up that reactor that's the cooling tower . and now we've seen they're ready to restart it. or at least they claim they will. this is a real fear and it's a fear of proliferation because south korea and japan are talking about trying to get nuclear weapons .

>> that's what makes this situation so dangerous. andrea mitchell part of our coverage tonight. thanks.