Thank Rumsfeld for North Korea’s weapons program

Elfreda Lou Mortensen

Dear Editor,

RE: Rumsfeld’s lobbying effort in 1990s for two North Korean nuclear reactors.

Rumsfeld was on the board of directors of the Zurich, Switzerland, corporation ABB that built two nuclear reactors for North Korea in the 1990s.

As the sole American on the board of directors, he was asked to lobby for the Swiss company because an American company had complained about foreign-owned companies getting work.

Rumsfeld denies any recollection of his efforts now for ABB, even though one of the board members clearly remembers his lobbying efforts (see Fortune, April 28, 2003).

It is strange that Rumsfeld cannot recollect any politicking on behalf of a nuclear project entailing vast sums of money for a company on whose board he sat at the time.

Why does Rumsfeld have amnesia about his significant role in placing two nuclear power plants in North Korea, the same plants now producing enriched uranium for nuclear bombs that can reach Chicago?

Elfreda Lou Mortensen

Glenwood Springs

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