Good morning Asia ... this from the Wall Street Journal:

Yukiya Amano is director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Speaking in an interview with the Journal

  • North Korea is rapidly advancing its capacity to produce nuclear weapons on two fronts: the production of plutonium at its Yongbyon nuclear facility and the enrichment of uranium (has doubled the size of its facility for enriching uranium in recent years)
  • "This is a highly political issue. A political agreement is essential," Mr. Amano said, but added. "We can't be optimistic. The situation is very bad. We don't have the reason to be optimistic. "Comparing North Korea to Iran, he said: "The situation is very different. Easy comparisons should be avoided."

The WSJ piece is here, may be gated